Sacramento State, Univision Channel 19 and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson teamed up in August to present “Es El Momento” ("Now Is the Moment"), an education fair designed to help Latino families navigate the California education system from K-12 through community college and the university level.
Sacramento State students Jorge Perez, left, and Roberto Zamora with Sac State’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) explain the program during the education fair held in the University Union. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)
The fair, which drew about 6,500 enthusiastic participants, was held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the University Union Ballroom.
“At Sacramento State, we want everyone in the region to know that a quality university education is within reach of all qualified students,” says Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez. “We were proud to join with our community partners on Es El Momento to spread the word that it’s never too early for families to begin preparing for college.”
The fair aimed to promote a college-going culture among the Spanish-speaking community; to share information about what it takes to attend college and how to pay for college; and to provide information about many other educational community programs and services.
Latino students lag behind their non-Latino peers on a number of key metrics, including standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, college matriculation rates and college graduation rates. Closing this achievement gap is essential to help Latino students succeed in school and be prepared for today's workforce.
The fair provided opportunities to learn about college and university admission requirements, what parents can do to prepare their children for college, how to pay for college through many available financial aid programs, as well as to learn about many other important community resources. There were music, entertainment, food and a book giveaway.– Alan Miller