Before becoming the Director of Parent University, Nghia served as the Assistant Director for the Nebraska Methodist College Upward Bound Math and Science program. In this role, he created, administered and managed the program, aiming to provide essential support to low-income students at Benson High School, enabling them to pursue higher education. In just five years, Nghia was able to transform the program into one of the finest in the region, maximizing the benefits of the TRIO grant. Through his team’s efforts, students were able to secure an impressive $8 million in grants and scholarships, paving the way for nearly every graduating student of the program to attend a four-year college with all expenses covered.
Prior to Nebraska Methodist College, Nghia achieved significant milestones, including establishing a library in the Essequibo Coast of Guyana, turning around the 8th of May Secondary School, and leading a thriving teen program at Omaha Public Library’s Millard Branch. His passion for community development and empowering individuals to improve their lives has been a driving force since graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned his degree in International Studies, focusing on economics and mathematics.
As Nghia takes on his role as Director at Parent University, his dedication to people and community drives him to utilize his skills and experiences to support the Douglas and Sarpy county communities. Nghia’s vision aligns with that of the Learning Community – to ensure all children achieve academic success, regardless of their social and economic circumstances.
Nghia is beyond excited to embark on this journey and to contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of families and children in Douglas and Sarpy counties.