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Modesto Junior College

MJC hosts 32nd Annual Hispanic Education Conference

The Modesto Junior College Hispanic Education Conference will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue in Modesto.  The purpose of the free conference is to expose Hispanic high school students to higher education, to a variety of occupations and to motivate the youth to aspire to a successful academic life and career preparation. 

Students will attend workshops on career exploration; journalism, social worker, politics, community and family; youth leadership; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers; preparing for careers in manufacturing or becoming an attorney; Bridge and Project YES programs, and information sessions on MJC, California State University, Stanislaus (CSUS) and studying engineering and construction management at Fresno State University.   

Conference keynote speaker, Jorge Raziel Ortiz, grew up in Central California in the small town of Turlock.  He graduated from Turlock High and went on to Modesto Junior College where completed A.A. and A.S. degrees before transferring to the University of California, San Diego.  At UC San Diego, Ortiz earned his B.S. in Structural Engineering. 

Early on in his career Ortiz veered off his path to pursue an interest in motivational speaking.  He has become passionate about entrepreneurship and personal development, loves to learn and travel and has a strong sense of purpose. He has traveled the US, training hundreds of employees including lawyers, engineers and CPA’s from Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies like the US Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy and the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of project management, emotional intelligence, leadership, communication and time management.

In 2013 Ortiz put his corporate training business on hold, to become part of the founding executive team of an ecommerce company in Southern CA. There he played a key role in helping the company grow from 10 employees to 100 and from virtually zero in revenue to 30 million dollars in world-wide sales.

In late 2015 Ortiz joined Xul Spirits, a beverage company located in Southern California as the chief operating officer. The company, since, has acquired contracts to distribute to Walmart, Albertsons and Vons. On his free time he loves to mentor and coach others to have success is doing what they are passionate about because he knows all of the failures that sometimes have to be experienced before achieving success.  Ortiz is currently chief operations officer for Ortiz Beverage Company, president and founder of Leizar Media and president and founder of Success Secrets by Zealous Vision.

Conference registration is free!  Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided to participants.  The registration form can be downloaded from the website  Questions may be directed to the MJC CareerDevelopment and Transfer Center, 209-575-6698.