The Modesto Junior College Hispanic Education Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 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 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.
The morning program features a panel of student government officers from the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College (ASMJC), including Cindy Lopez, Erika Franco, Janet Patino, Lizette Ibarra and Alexis Zaragoza. Jairo Diaz Predaza from Univision is the moderator for the student panel.
The ASMJC officers are sharing their educational journeys and experiences overcoming challenges, including coming from tough backgrounds and being first generation college students. Their stories have the potential to inspire Hispanic and other attending students to overcome obstacles they may be facing and say “Que Si Se Puede” to pursuing higher education despite the barriers.
Participants also have the opportunity to attend over 25 workshops including: MJC Overview, CSU Admissions Requirements; Importance of Work Experience and How to Get Your First Job; Health Related Careers and Scholarship Opportunities; What Can I do with an English Degree?; Road Map to College; MJC Bridge Program; MJC EOP&S; Latin American Thoughts: Past, Present, Future; Is a Nursing Career for you?; Hispanic Students in Leadership; BSU presents Education in the Age of Nihilism: A Kayne West Perspective; Quality of Life with a College Education; From the Border to Berkeley: A Journey to Higher Education; MJC Admissions and Resources; How to Execute a Speech; Enciende Tu Voz!; It Can Happen to You: Overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals; Your Future Starts Now: Researching work skills and careers; Financial Aid; Post-Truth: Myth or Reality?; Living Free: Surviving and Thriving in Higher Education; How I Woke To A Career: Danger & Beauty in Higher Education; DACA, and more topics.
The program also features the presentation of the Hispanic Education Legacy Award to Leticia Cavazos, MJC Transfer Center counselor/coordinator and Claudia Ramirez, MJC TRiO counselor/coordinator. Both recipients have served as members of the Hispanic Education Conference Committee for over a decade. This new award recognizes individuals or organizations whose body of work and passion for serving as a part of the conference team has ignited a flame in students and contributed to the success of this event over the past 34 years. More information on the recipients of the Legacy Award is available at: http://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/sdncl/hec/untitled.
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 conference co-chairs Alejandra Espinoza (209) 575-6479
and Rosalinda Vierra, 209-575-7750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.