Hiking, camping, canoeing and exploring the outdoors are many of the ways Brandi Cervera, Laramie County Community College’s new director of financial aid, spends her time.
“I love to be outdoors in remote places in all seasons,” Cervera said.
Cervera was born in northern Florida, where she attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. She earned an anthropology degree, but then found an interest in financial aid.
“I started out in financial aid during my freshman year of college,” said Cervera.
While she was attending college, Cervera received a federal work study award as a part of her aid package.
“I went to the Financial Aid Office to find out what that was about, and they offered me a job,” Cervera said.
Cervera was offered the job she has been working in ever since; the financial aid profession, which she loves.
“I love the financial aid profession because it is challenging; you are always learning something new,” Cervera said. “Helping students achieve their educational goals is rewarding work.”
Cervera worked for the University of Florida for eight years, and four of those years she was a work-study as an undergrad student in the financial aid department.
Cervera went on to Bozeman, Montana, where she worked for 23 years. She started as the associate director of financial aid, then moved up to the director.
“Altogether, I have over 30 years of experience working in the college financial aid field,” Cervera said.
Cervera wanted to start the next phase of her career, so she started looking for new opportunities in the region. She’s always been interested in working for a community college that supports their students, and doesn’t see them as a number.
“I wanted the more personal family-type experience of working at a smaller institution where people are not just a number,” Cervera said.
LCCC attracted her because it offers the students financial aid support, it is a smaller family-oriented college, and it’s affordable.
“It was LCCC’s strong commitment to access and affordability that attracted me the most,” Cervera said. “I was quite pleased to discover the exceptional financial aid support the college and the state of Wyoming offers to students.”
Cervera started at LCCC on Sept. 18 as the new Director of Financial Aid, and she said she feels right at home.
“The whole campus has been so amazingly warm and welcoming,” Cervera said. “I’m truly excited to be part of the Student Services Division team, and of course everyone warned us about the wind but I lived in a very windy place for a long time, Livingston Montana, so I feel right at home.”