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Catholic Charities helping Latinos meet colleges
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Latino students speak with college representatives at fair sponsored by Catholic Charities.
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Latino students speak with college representatives at fair sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities’ El Programa Hispano hosted a college fair for Latino students last month. More than 50 families attended and met representatives from Chemeketa Community College, Clark College, George Fox University, Lane Community College, Linfield College, Pacific University, Portland Community College, Reed College, the TRIO College First Program from Mt. Hood Community College, University of Oregon, University of Portland and Western Oregon University.

“Our mission coincides with a lot of colleges' goals of increasing the enrollment of Latino students,” said Evelyn Salazar, program coordinator for the Catholic Charities program called Advancing Latino Academic Success.

Each student who attended received a folder containing information about scholarships. They also about Oregon's Tuition Equity Bill, which could help children of undocumented immigrants get a college education.

Students from all over Multnomah County were in attendance, as well as students from Banks, Lake Oswego and Troutdale and Vancouver, Wash.

Most of the admission representatives who attended are of Latino descent and speak Spanish fluently. That created a welcoming environment for the parents and students and also showcased professional Latinos who earned post-secondary degrees.  

More college fairs for Latino students are set for the near future as Catholic Charities develops relationships and partnerships with local colleges and universities.

The fair took place at Catholic Charities' Clark Family Center off Powell Boulevard in Portland.



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