Taking “Steps to College”




By Elizabeth Chapin

Representatives from Chico, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sonoma, and Stanislaus participated in “Steps to College” at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento on Feb. 2. Nearly 3,000 high school students attended the annual event, aimed at explaining the array of resources available for Latino students to finance their higher education.

The campuses were among a number of Northern California colleges and universities in attendance, and each provided information about the college admission process. Campus representatives also answered questions about how to complete financial aid applications.

“The Latino community is still facing a higher education crisis – especially in this state,” said Jim Gonzales, director of the Latino Policy Coalition, one of the event sponsors. “California has the highest population of Latinos in the nation and the largest gap between adults with degrees. Since a large contributing factor is the language barrier, Steps to College is a good first step to ensure Latino parents learn about the enrollment process and of the many programs and scholarships available to ensure members of their family earn a college degree.”

The CSU’s External Relations organizes a similar Latino education fair for Southern California. Held at CSU Dominguez Hills, Es el Momento, attracted 35,000 people last October.

Staff from CSU Stanislaus were available to answer questions about topics including financial aid and the application process.



CSU Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley with Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzales.