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Hispanic College Night at Forest Hills

Forest Hills students and their parents received information on higher education options at Hispanic College Night presented in Spanish by the College Foundation of NC and the Union County Latino Outreach Program.

 â€œCan you go to college? How will you pay for college? What are your options?” These were the questions that Forest Hills Hispanic students and their parents had answered at the Hispanic College Night that took place at the school on November 16th, 2011. The meeting and the presentation were organized for Spanish-speaking students and their parents by the Union County Latino Outreach Program and the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Students in all grade levels and their parents learned about the benefits of higher education, financial planning for college, the US higher education structure, family and cultural influences, the role of standardized admissions testing, and college application procedures. College isn’t only available to wealthy families. In fact, most college students use some sort of financial aid in order to help pay for the costs of college. A video “Exito Escolar” presented to Latino students and parents during the meeting demonstrated what students and their families experience as they explore life beyond high school.

“The presentation was very beneficial and important for me because I got convinced once more I want to apply and go to college to build my future”, says Elisbeth Sanchez, a senior at Forest Hills. Scholarships can play an important role in helping students pay for college. “I have learned that scholarships are free money that you can apply for – and they don’t have to be paid back. Indeed, we need more of these meetings to learn more in order to be able to help our kids,” says the mother of a junior student.

The importance of a Hispanic higher education in the United States is becoming more and more evident. Since they make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. workforce, providing Hispanics with the opportunity to attend college has not only proven to be beneficial for Hispanic Americans; it has also supplied employers with talented, well-educated employees.

Written by: Iryna Covarrubias
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 by Melissa Howell

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