January 29, 2012
By Mayra Barrios
The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC), in partnership with the University of the Pacific and other community organizations, hosted the 9th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop during the morning of Sunday, January 29th at the A.G. Spanos Hall at University of the Pacific in Stockton.
“Up with Education” gives Latino students and their families the opportunity to learn about the resources available to students thinking of college. “This is the day to start your dream to pursue a higher education,” said Mark Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of SJCHCC. He encouraged students to apply to college.
“Today, students and parents will get one-on-one assistance on how to fill out the application for Federal Student Aid, Cal Grant as well as techniques on how to write essays for scholarships,” said Patty Virgin, Branch Director of San Joaquin County WorkNet and Chair of the event.
FAFSA offers students a gateway for Federal and State aid programs including Pell Grants, student loans and work study. “Money is one of the biggest challenges to attend college, it is important for us to make sure that parents understand that there are other options,” said Virgin.
The conference attracted families from San Joaquin County and neighboring communities, as in the case of Veronica Cabran from Modesto, mother of 8th and 9th graders, Sebastian and Antony Aguillon. “I want to have all the information early to be prepared; that way I will I know where to go, where to call, and I can help my two sons.”
Source: Bilingual Weekly