The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Ready to Lead college readiness program will hold a workshop at UC Merced on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Working with CHCI alumni, more than 200 San Joaquin Valley area students will be trained in college planning, financing a college education and leadership development, according to a news release.
The goal of Ready to Lead is to help Hispanic high school students enter post-secondary education by motivating them to complete high school, empowering them to serve and lead in their communities and instilling a belief that a college education is achievable, the news release said. It added that only one in 10 Hispanics graduate from college.
Rep. Jim Costa will provide welcome remarks. PG&E will present career opportunities at the company and share its recruitment efforts with the students. The financial services session will be presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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Dorothy Leland, chancellor of UC Merced, will attend, as will Esther Aguilera, CHCI president and CEO, and Raul Magdaleno, CHCI alumnus and motivational speaker.
With the support of PG&E, AT&T Foundation, USA Funds, State Farm Insurance Cos., and Bank of America, Ready to Lead allows Hispanic high school students to attend college. The program involves one-day workshops across the country in the most heavily populated Hispanic urban areas and culminates with a Washington, D.C., two-day workshop during CHCI’s Public Policy Conference each September.
— Sun-Star staff