Academics > Faculty Directory > Vazquez-Melendez

Oscar Vazquez-Melendez

Associate Professor of Computing and Information Technology and Distance Learning

Vasquez-Melendez

Email Address

Office Number

787-564-0894

Oscar was born in 1951 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended local primary and secondary schools in the San Juan area. At the age of 16 he dropped from school because the educational system did not offered a challenging curriculum and the product of a dysfunctional family. Not having a father figure to guide his youth, he was rescued by a friend that became his role model and father figure. After graduation from high school in 1969, he joined the US Army as the only alternative available to escape a deprive economy and the lack for employment opportunities. Oscar served in the US Army for 23.5 years where he rose from the rank of private retiring with the rank of Captain in the Field Artillery. He is a Vietnam, Panama veteran serving with distinction and getting much recognition for combat duty and courage.

Oscar found in the military not only his calling but also his educational foundation. He developed as leader, mentor, trainer and educator for many soldiers like him. While in the military he completed an associate, bachelor, master and began his doctoral work. He commanded troops in combat and managed millions of dollars in military assets. After retirement, he began his second career as an educator. He began as a middle school and high school teacher and progressed to the technical and community college and later at the university level. At the university level he obtained the rank of Associate Professor of Computing and Information Technology and Distance Learning. He has academic, administrative and operational experience in many level of the educational structure. He has taught at the University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Nova Southeastern University and universities in Puerto Rico and many online universities.

Oscar's doctoral research and investigation was around the "Hispanic high school dropout" problem facing many communities in the US and Puerto Rico, work that continues as of today. Hispanics in the US has become the majority of the minority groups and in search of the American Dream. They lack English language proficiency and the opportunity to get their high school diploma. During the past 20 years, Oscar has been working on the development of a curriculum to teach English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency to empower Hispanic youth with proper educational tools to succeed in life and to become contributors to society.

With the help of his wife Irma, who share the same dreams, set out to built a company, OVM Solutions, LLC, that would offer the foundation for the creation of an online, distance learning institution to teach Hispanics English language, General Education Equivalency (GED), technology development, job skills and professional development. Together they have founded an online university and a distance learning high school to rescue high school dropouts, teach English as a Second Language and prepare them for the requirements of globalization.

Oscar is an edupreneur. He lives in South Carolina and has been married to Irma L. Font for 42 years. They have 2 sons, Alexander and Jovan. They have 3 grandchildren and Willy, a Yorkshire terrier.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Association of Security Managers, Puerto Rico Chapter
  • Web Developers Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • South Carolina Migrant Education Task Force
  • The Retired Armed Forces Officer Association
  • Disable American Veterans Association