DCCC welcomes students to attend Latino College Exploration Day on March 29.

High school graduation is on the horizon, which means those who are interested in attending college have a dwindling amount of time left to enroll. On March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., Dodge City Community College is hosting a Latino College Exploration Day for students with an interest in attending college.

“The point of this day is to educate students on how to get into college and to let them know all the help that is available,” said organizer Jorge Estrella. “That includes financial aid and the scholarships from the college and private scholarships.”

Estrella stated that the goal of this day is to decrease the amount of students who don’t seek further education after graduating high school. Although it is referred to as Latino Exploration Day, Estrella clarified that everyone is welcome.

“It’s on a school day, so we are not expecting a huge amount of students, but we’re hoping to get at least between 100 to 150 students,” said Estrella. “The event was put together by the Latino leaders club at the college, and that is why it is called Latino College Exploration Day, but it is open to anyone.”

During Latino College Exploration Day, students will also learn about about admission requirements and different programs and clubs available. Students of any high school grade-level are welcome.

“The 9th graders will learn how to prepare for college, like telling them that they need to get involved and have good grades, etc,” said Estrella. “For seniors who are ready to go on to college, we have FAFSA scholarships, anything that they need to know when going into college.”

There will be 25 different scholarships available to the students who attend. According to Estrella, there are two requirements for the scholarship in which the student must meet at least one. 

“One of the key requirements is that the students that are awarded that scholarship either have shown some leadership skills, like just being president or treasurer of a club, just something that is a leadership position,” said Estrella. “The second requirement is that they must be (planning) to participate in a leadership program that we have at the college which is called Collegiate Leadership Development Program through USHLI.”

Students who are interested in attending Latino College Exploration Day must fill out and submit an attendance form by March 27 to Communities in Schools coordinator at DCHS, Blanca Soto. For more information, contact Estrella at jestrella@dc3.edu or Soto at soto.blanca@usd443.org.

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