CNI College Owner Receives Woman of Distinction Recognition from California State Senate

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Colleen Buffington received the 34th Senate District Women of Distinction from Senator Thomas J. Umberg

Santa Ana, CA-based CNI College owner Colleen Buffington is recognized as a Woman of Distinction from Senator Thomas J. Umberg of the 34th District of the California State Senate.

The award is the first ever for the 34th District, originally set to be revealed in March during Women’s History Month and was delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. According to Senator Umberg’s announcement, “Our state and nation become stronger with every additional woman who seeks and strives for positive social change. As the husband and father of two such strong women, I know full well the importance of both fostering education, independence, and confidence in women and respectfully honoring their many achievements. Only by doing so can we pave the path for the next generation of female leaders.”

Further, the certificate reads, “I am proud to award you his certificate of recognition in acknowledgement of your invaluable contributions to your community. Your diligence, leadership and dedication to education are admirable. We commend your efforts and achievements as we honor you to be our 2020 Woman of Distinction.”

“I am honored to be recognized by Senator Umberg as a Woman of Distinction in the 34th District,” said Buffington. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the esteemed Senator Umberg for this merit. We are all responsible for making our community thrive, and he also deserves tremendous acknowledgement for his role at the highest level. I would also like to recognize the women who stand beside me in this distinction. We have come this far by linking arms and fostering strong, positive relationships to ensure every woman has the chance to succeed.”

Buffington has over 38 years’ experience in Private Postsecondary Career Education. She founded and owned three cosmetology colleges and CNI College for Careers in Nursing and Health Sciences in Orange County. Her philanthropic missions include Gifted Wellness Centers, an initiative for therapeutic chair massage for patients and employees at local hospitals. She has held leadership positions on the Board of Directors for numerous business and non-profit organizations, including the Downtown Santa Ana Business Association (DSABA), Santa Ana Private Industry Council (PIC), Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, Career Education Colleges and Universities, American Heart Association (AHA), and Forever Footprints. She continues to mentor students through employment assistance programs at local hospitals and collaborate with employers to fulfill their needs and fill current vacancies.

About CNI College
CNI College, based in Orange County, is a provider of career education. CNI College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CNI College offers 5 distinct career programs; Associate Degree in Nursing, AOS Surgical Technology, Medical Assisting, RN to BSN Degree and AOS MRI Technology. Each of these programs is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and training necessary to achieve their desired certificate or license and assist in becoming gainfully employed in their chosen field. The CNI College Student Services Department provides resources like skills coaching, job fairs, mentoring, and career counseling to help students fulfill their dreams. To find out more about CNI College programs, contact CNI College at (888) 985-5908 or visit the website at

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