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TEN HOSTOS STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE
IN NBC NEWS EDUCATION NATION STUDENT TOWN HALL

Friday, September 21, 2012 (The Bronx) - Ten Hostos “At Home in College” students will take center stage with famed TV moderator Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, September 23, as part of a first-ever NBC News Education Nation Student Town Hall discussion.

The students are Sean Moses, Marcellus Fairley, Amanda Torres, Gisenia Then, Albert Batista, Victoria Santiago, Fionna Channer, Sarahi Fermin, Damany Smith, Shatiqua Smith and Willian Diaz.

Sean Moses is studying education at Hostos. The 22-year-old Bronx resident is excited to participate in the Town Hall and said he plans to speak about the importance of student services, especially after school programs, to help expose young people to positive experiences and more opportunities.

For 45 years, Hostos Community College has provided quality higher education to a diverse student body in the South Bronx. Involvement in this Town Hall event is just one other way the College is helping to create the leaders of tomorrow.

The Town Hall will be held at the New York Public Library's Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry will host the event. The broadcast will be aired on MSNBC from 10 a.m. to noon.

NBC News will convene hundreds of students to get their direct perspective on the issues they face every day - in and outside of the classroom - and discuss what is making an impact on their education.

At Home in College is a CUNY Collaborative Program that works with high school seniors and GED students who are on track to graduate, but who have not met traditional benchmarks of college readiness. Students begin the program in high school and continue receiving support once they reach the community college.

To date, over 4,000 students have participated in the program that includes academic coursework intended to prepare students for both the CUNY Assessment Tests and college-credit coursework; a College Access and Success Workshop which helps students apply to college, complete financial aid forms, and matriculate successfully; and a year of advisement for students who matriculate in a CUNY community college. There are currently 225 At Home in College students enrolled at Hostos Community College.

For more information on Education Nation, go to www.EducationNation.com

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 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872, 718-518-6513

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