West Hills College District appoints Avenal man to replace Edna Ivans on Board

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Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado

Martin Maldonado, an Avenal resident and business owner, has been appointed to the West Hills Community College District Board of Trustees. He will fill the spot left vacant by the recent resignation of long-time trustee Edna Ivans and will finish out her term, which expires in November.

He will represent Trustee Area 3, which includes Avenal. 

“I want to participate in helping our students receive a better education,” he said in his application for the position.

Maldonado was appointed at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 4.

He said that as a trustee he would be interested in increasing the number of courses offered to surrounding communities and in doing outreach to students in those areas.  He also wrote in his application that he would like to find a way to offer transportation to students who might otherwise have difficulty reaching the colleges.

Maldonado is self-employed and the owner of Avenal Lube and Tire. He previously served on the Avenal City Council and is a graduate of West Hills College Coalinga, where he received an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1989. He earned a teaching credential in vocational education in 1997.

He was interviewed for the Area 3 position at a May 19 meeting of the board of trustees, where he answered questions regarding his interest in the seat.  

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