Latino Club prepares College Night at Sterling High School

 

This school year coming to an end and many High School seniors are thinking about college. It easy to say, “go to college,” but sometimes both parents and the students are not sure what steps to take next and what resources are available to them.  If you find yourself in this situation then the Latino Club: College Night Information is an event you should consider attending.

 

The Latino Club: College Night Information event will take place on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Sterling High School in Sterling, IL and it is open for students and parents from the Sterling and Rock Falls area. According to Emily Castillo, one of the organizers of this event, the main purpose of this event is to educate the Hispanic community, parents of High School seniors in particular, about the resources available for their children to achieve the dream of completing college education.

“I understand that parents – Hispanic/Latino parents specifically – are able to come to the United States to provide a better life for their family and their kids, but are unaware of all of the resources the school, workplaces etc., have to offer,” Ms. Castillo explained the purpose of the College Night Information event. “Whether it may be a language barrier or the simple fact that parents are kept in the dark, these parents deserve to know what they can do to further their child and aid in preparing them for the college.”

Ms. Castillo shared that she watched her older sister struggle with college applications, scholarship applications and FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and she came to a conclusion that “students should never feel as though resources are too far to grasp.” She wants to assure the students that they are not alone in this process and inform Hispanic parents on how they can help their child to further their education.

‘The Latino Club will work to inform students and parents who are unaware of the resources, who cannot grasp them,” Emily Castro further explained. “We plan on inviting Hispanic/Latino college representatives and college students to share their experience. We will have a panel of seniors at Sterling High School who will also share what they had to do to prepare for college.”

College Night Information event is open to students and parents from the Sterling and Rock Falls area who are looking to understand better the concepts of college and high school. This event is directed for Hispanic/Latino families.

This is an important event where parents and students from the Sterling and Rock Falls area can get information about resources available and at the end to simplify their experience of applying to college.

“Our club hopes to bring back a bilingual advisory that is able or be an immediate resource to the parents of Hispanic and Latinos students at Sterling High School,” Ms. Castillo stated. “We hope to inform parents on what they can do to advance their child in High School and prepare them for college – we hope to be that resource.”

Latino Club: College Night Information will take place on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Sterling High School in Sterling, IL.

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