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The Modesto Junior College Hispanic Education Conference will take place on Saturday, March 18, from 8 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 high school and MJC students to higher education through a variety of occupations, and to motivate the youth to aspire to a successful academic life and career preparation. MJC students are also encouraged to attend.
Students attend workshops such as Life After High School, What to Really Expect; Five Laws to Success; Who am I? Exploring Culture Identity; The Quality of Life with a College Education; Latinos in Health: Issues and Careers; Your Future Starts NOW!; What Can I Do with An English Degree?; Social Work in Child Protection, Adult Protection, and Veteran Affairs; Being a Lawyer; CSU Admissions Presentation; Is a Nursing Career for You?; Careers in Irrigation Technology; Significance of Archiving History; MJC Orientation, and many more topics.
The conference keynote speaker is Ernesto Colín, Ph.D., a visual artist, Aztec dancer, radio host and associate professor in the Department of Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University. The son of Mexican immigrants, he was a first-generation college student whose parents did not have an opportunity for a high school education. Colín attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, successfully completing a double major in Chicanix Studies and Spanish.
While in college, Colín became involved with Danza Azteca and public radio. He has been a “danzante” for 22 years and attended indigenous ceremonies all over the United States and México. He recently wrote a book based on his experiences in Danza and continues to do artwork centered on Danza Azteca. Colín also started a radio show in Los Angeles called Serenata de Trios in 1998 on 88.9 FM KXLU, which is still going strong.
After working as a high school Spanish instructor and completing a master’s degree, Colín was accepted into Stanford University, where he earned a doctoral degree in Anthropology in 2011.
Conference registration is free, and morning refreshments and lunch are provided to participants. A downloadable registration form is available at www.mjc.edu/HEC. Questions may be directed to the MJC CareerDevelopment and Transfer Center, 209-575-6698.