What is the Family College Success Center?
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) published the Silicon Valley Latino Report Card in 2011 to better understand the Silicon Valley Latino community as compared to the non-Hispanic population. The results of the report provided substantial information about the local Latino community and also encouraged the HFSV to further research the quality of life for Latinos in Silicon Valley.
HFSV went into Latino neighborhoods and asked families to participate in a survey; a project that generated and recorded over 2,000 voices. The result was the latest publication for HFSV, the Voices of Change report. Nearly 40% of the participants said that education was their most important issue, and increasing youth programs to prevent student dropouts was their top solution.
The Family College Success Center (FCSC) is designed to do just that with the following concept in mind: to improve the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos and the prosperity of the region by increasing the number of Latino students that excel in high school, enter and graduate from college.
FCSC serves as a resource hub for Latino families to increase educational opportunities for Latino students and is the first of its kind in the region, if not the state. It is a “one-start-center” for college aspiring middle and high school students and their parents to obtain college access information, advice, guidance, workshops, and online resources.
The FCSC has served hundreds of visitors, and we expect to help thousands of students and family members by the end of the year. An operational example of the FCSC is already working at the Café College in San Antonio, Texas which has served 14,000 unduplicated students and parents in its first five years of operation. The HFSV wants to deliver these same results in Silicon Valley.
The FCSC’s primary objectives are to contribute to higher high school graduation rates; improve college readiness, increase student and parent knowledge about the college journey, growing numbers of students attending college; increase college graduation rates, and increase the number of Latinos employed in the high tech industry.
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