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Hundreds attend annual Latino support conference 

Wells Fargo was one of the sponsors of the conference.

Wells Fargo is one of the sponsors of the annual conference.

Approximately 275 San Luis Obispo County high school students attended Cuesta College’s 4th Annual conference for local Latina and Latino high school students entitled, “Educate – Si Se Puede.” The conference was held March 20 on the college’s San Luis Obispo Campus. The students came from high schools as far south as Nipomo and as far north as Shandon.

“’Educate – Si Se Puede’ means ‘educate yourself – yes, you can’ and we wanted to show students their options for higher education and how they can get there,” said Gabriela Lopez, a counselor in the college’s Extended Opportunities Programs & Services Office, which put on the event. “The event has grown tremendously over the years and is popular amongst students as well as high school staff members because we provide a quality experience that is fun and engaging.”

The students were introduced to new career paths, academic subjects, and the tools needed to transition from high school to college. They also learned about financial aid and the Cuesta Promise scholarship, which provides all San Luis Obispo County high school seniors a fee-free first year at Cuesta College.

Event sponsors included Wells Fargo, Cuesta College’s office of the Vice President of Student Services, Cuesta College Foundation, Associated Students of Cuesta College, the Cuesta College Cultural Diversity & Student Equity Committee and the Latina Leadership Network.

For more information, please contact Gabriela Lopez at (805) 591-6200 ext. 4305.


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