Conference Aims to Send More Students to College

Mar. 15, 2013 / By



JOHNNY FLORES, JR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA – According to the Riverside County of Education, only about 53 percent of Coachella Valley Unified School District graduates pursue higher education.

Raices Cultura wants to improve these numbers and is taking an important step with its first annual “El Poder de Saber” (The Power of Knowing) Higher Education Conference on March 23 at Coachella Valley High School.

“Students should start considering university as soon as they can, college preparation should take place in their freshman year of high school,” said Jocelyn Vargas, director of community programs of Raices Cultura, a youth organization based in Coachella.

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