Date: April 10, 2007
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, April 10, 2007 - Latino parents and families are the key to their children’s academic success and play a large role in the college selection process. Recognizing this fact, The South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium and Governors State University’s Project Exito have developed “The Road to College.”
“This workshop was designed to address Latino parents’ concerns about college,” said Genevieve Boesen, executive director of the consortium. “In many cases, this is the first time Latino families are dealing with the process of attending college and need as much information as they can to help their children make informed decisions.
The workshops, which will be presented in Spanish and English, will address important issues like paying for college, understanding financial aid, resources for immigrant students, and general college preparatory tips.
Two separate seminars will be held in April, each addressing a different geographic region in the south suburbs. The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and raffle prizes will also be available.
The first workshop will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at South Suburban College - Heritage Room, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland.
Representatives from Governors State University, Robert Morris College, Saint Xavier University, and South Suburban College will be available to answer questions. For more information or to reserve a seat at the South Suburban College event, call Norma McQueen at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2684.
The second workshop will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Moraine Valley Community College - Education Center, 12940 S. Western Avenue, Blue Island. Representatives from DeVry University, Moraine Valley Community College, Northwestern Business College, Robert Morris College, and Saint Xavier University will be available. For more information and reservations for the Moraine Valley event, call Laura Carrillo (773) 298-3039.
“We understand that going to college can sometimes be a confusing process for anyone,” added Boesen. “By providing the right tools, we hope to assist as many college-bound students as possible with that process.
The South Metro Higher Education Consortium is a partnership of colleges and universities sharing resources to enhance educational opportunities in the Chicago southland. Visit www.southmetroed.org for more information.