Victor Almanza joined OTSH in May 2020 to help with administrative and bookkeeping tasks. Because Brenkle Court is a USDA-sponsored construction project, there is a more than the usual amount of paperwork, and he has helped manage the financials associated with this project.
Victor is in his final year at Cal State East Bay, majoring in Business Management; he’ll graduate in May 2021. His role at OTSH has allowed him to grow professionally. Beyond the bookkeeping efforts, there are the intangibles—attending BOD meetings, learning about routine office procedures and working as part of a team.
What’s next for Victor?
Graduating from college in the midst of a pandemic is a challenging time to be job hunting. Victor hopes to find a full-time job where he can continue to learn. Long-term plans? He’d like to have his own business.
Victor and his three siblings are first generation
Victor’s parents immigrated to St. Helena from Mexico, like so many before them, seeking better opportunities for their children. They stressed the importance of education from a very early age. They wanted to make sure their children took advantage of opportunities to go to college. Victor’s two sisters and one brother all graduated from St. Helena High School. One of his sisters and brother attended St. Mary’s College. His younger sister will graduate in June and will attend Sacramento State in the fall.
When Victor’s not working or studying, he takes his two Siberian Huskies for walks. Being fit is important to Victor, and he’s always been involved with sports—he runs and loves to play soccer. Most of all, “I like to spend most of the time with my family; we love going hiking together.” Victor and his girlfriend, Alondra Alcala, at work at the job site.
Victor and his girlfriend, Alondra Alcala, at work at the Brenkle Court job site. Alondra’s family is building their home at Brenkle Court.