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COLLEGE BOARD'S Destino Universidad, A COLLEGE PLANNING TOWN HALL FOR HISPANIC FAMILIES COMES TO HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE BRONX

Spanish-speaking families to receive free college planning information and resources

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 (Bronx, New York) — The College Board, a leading education nonprofit organization, is taking its college planning expertise and resources on the road through a series of bilingual town hall conferences in select cities across the country. Hostos Community College of The City University of New York has teamed up with the College Board to bring this town hall— called Destino Universidad — to the South Bronx on Thursday, May 24, 2012 beginning at 6:00pm. The town hall will feature interactive panel discussions and workshops designed to provide college planning guidance on financial aid, admission procedures and course planning with sessions held in both English and Spanish.

“As an organization created to promote access and equity in higher education, the College Board is uniquely positioned to guide Latino families on the road to college,” said Peter Negroni, senior vice president at the College Board. “As the number of Latino students aspiring to college continues to increase, we are committed to ensuring that these students have access to the resources and support that will ensure a successful transition to college.”

Destino Universidad is a collaborative effort among universities, colleges, school districts, community-based organizations and media outlets to provide Latino families with college planning resources and promote a college-going culture. Through its “Es el momento” campaign, Univisión has mobilized its affiliates to support and promote the tour.

The event will include panel discussions featuring local educators and College Board members, followed by workshops that will guide families in the following areas:

  • Researching and applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Applying to college and learning how students can stand out in a competitive admission environment
  • Maximizing high school course work to be prepared for college success
  • Accessing free, online resources to support college planning

Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, is aware that many Latino parents are perplexed by the challenge of sending their sons and daughters to college: “Destino Universidad provides a valuable service by making Latino families aware of many higher education opportunities that are available to their children.  We must support the education of our youth to ensure that future generations of Latinos are prepared to succeed in our society.”

Event highlights:

  • Who: Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos Community College; Ana Ledo, Univisión Reporter; and College Board representatives
  • Where: 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 at 149th Street and Grand Concourse

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About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Visit collegboard.org/enespanol.

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