Covarrubias is new leader of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

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Covarrubias is new leader of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

Abel Covarrubias

Abel Covarrubias has been named director of educational outreach and student services, which oversees the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy and Next Chapter at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He started in the role Sept. 18.

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy helps first-generation and low-income high school students achieve academic success and attend college. Next Chapter helps middle school students chart their path to college before beginning high school.

Covarrubias was one of the first scholars to graduate from the academy, participating as a student while attending Grand Island High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science in business administration with a double major in finance and economics and a Master of Arts in educational administration from Nebraska.

The Husker alum began his career at the university in 2015 as a recruitment specialist and then as assistant director of diversity and community outreach in the Office of Admissions. He has worked within NCPA since 2019 as senior associate director, leading teams of counselors and teachers; overseeing program operations; developing and implementing a comprehensive college access curriculum; and cultivating strategic partnerships with administrators and community stakeholders.

“Abel’s unique experiences as both student and a leader in NCPA, as well as his work in recruitment and community outreach in admissions, will serve him well as he takes on this role,” said James Volkmer, interim associate vice chancellor for academic services and enrollment management. “He has a great vision for college access programs, and I am excited for him to lead this important work in support of these scholars and the university.”

“I am thrilled to lead the development and implementation of strategic partnerships and educational programs that empower first-generation students to achieve academic and personal success,” Covarrubias said.

This appointment is prompted by the departure of Moises (Moi) Padilla, who accepted a leadership role with Carnegie Mellon University.

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