Dr. Jose Hurtado was hired in September 1972 as a full-time faculty member in the Counseling Department, reaching the rank of professor, and retired in May 2006, after 32 years of dedicated and accomplished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Jose was an Educational Opportunities Program and Services (EOPS) Counselor and Director and initiated the first Ohlone College tutoring and recruitment programs through EOPS.
Jose managed the Veterans, the Bilingual Education, and the Vocational Education Programs. He coordinated the Evening Counseling and Early Alert Programs. He also initiated the Ohlone College Tutoring Center and served as Director.
Jose advocated for Counselors’ interests as a Faculty Senate and UFO Representative and was the driving force to align Counselors’ schedules with that of teaching faculty, including the ten extra days on the counselor’s salary schedule.
Jose served on over 20 college-wide committees including Matriculation, International Education, Affirmative Action, Retention and Recruitment, Peer Group Counseling, and Job Fairs. He promoted and insured the compliance of Affirmative Action in areas of administrative, certificated and classified employment, as well as in academic programs, such as Nursing.
Jose developed and directed the Hispanic Youth Project which gained local, state-wide and national recognition. Jose facilitated annual Art Shows in the Library and Car Shows and Volleyball Tournaments for the Fremont-Newark community during Cinco de Mayo week.
Jose unselfishly gave innumerable hours of his personal time to student field trips, college visitations, evening parental meetings, weekend workshops. He mentored many counselors and new interns as a loyal advisor.
Jose was an exceptional advocate for his colleagues and an outstanding role model for students. He believed deeply in the community college mission and worked tirelessly to meet that mission in his day to day service to students.