Hundreds of students had the chance to connect with colleges and universities at the Latino College Expo, which was presented by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and Southwestern College.
Juniors and seniors from San Diego Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, and SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) attended the event held at Southwestern's campus.
Students were able to tour Southwestern and learn more about the variety of programs offered there, then visit with representatives of a dozen colleges and universities in California and other states.
The event was organized by the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) and included opportunities for financial aid application submissions and workshops on what to expect from life in college.
NCRF also awarded scholarships of $500 to seven students based on essays submitted before the expo. Two of the scholarship winners were from Mar Vista High School and five were from JCCS.
"Graduation alone cannot be the target," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "We have a moral imperative to make sure every student graduates with options. The Latino College Expo is a unique opportunity for us to connect students with colleges and universities that could unlock their future success"
San Diego County Board of Education President Guadalupe González said the Latino College Expo, and the Black College Expo held in February, are just a few ways the County Office partners with school districts to positively impact outcomes for historically underrepresented students.
The event was open to interested students and their families in the evening hours. Visitors were able to attend a workshop on financial aid, which highlighted funding sources and important deadlines.
This is one of several opportunities for students to learn about colleges and universities. For more information on college resources including free fairs in the San Diego region visit the SDCOE School Counselor website.