SJCHCC to Host 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop

IMG_5381(Stockton, CA) The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC) has announced the date for its 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center located at 3601 Pacific Avenue on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The workshop will offer high school seniors, athletes, transfer students and their parents, free step-by-step assistance filling out the complex Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA opens the doors to access free money for college through Cal Grants as well as other forms of financial aid assistance to pay for college tuition.

“The growth and advancement of this unique educational event over the past several years has been impressive,” stated Sylvester Aguilar, President of the Chamber. “This event started eleven years ago in an effort to help parents navigate the college application process and encourage post secondary education among Hispanic students. Today, we are seeing multicultural families with similar needs so we have expanded our outreach to include multiple languages. SJCHCC believes that an educated workforce is critical to the success of business and economic development for our region.”

The forum also features workshops for sixth, seventh, eighth graders, and all high school students and their parents so they can get an early start on how to prepare for their future. Classes focus on college preparation, study habits, extra-curricular activities and how important parent participation is to a student’s success. For more information on the event contact the chamber office at 209-943-6117.

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