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“Latinos Rumbo al College” Webinar Aims to Assist Hispanics Applying to College

“Latinos Rumbo al College” Webinar Aims to Assist Hispanics Applying to College

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McDonald’s announced the latest extension to its national Hispanic education program with the launch of Latinos Rumbo al College, a free webinar series developed in conjunction with non-profit organization Latinos in College (LIC) and LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

The new webinar series was created to make the college process simple and attainable for both Hispanic students and their parents by leveraging LIC’s expertise in developing interactive content that will be delivered in a culturally sensitive way through a trusted community partner and premier educational service organization, LNESC. The first of the bilingual webinars, titled “On the Track to College,” was broadcasted live from the LULAC National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in front of an audience of students, parents, educators and community stakeholders.

One webinar featured 2009 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship recipient Luis Duran, the son of Salvadoran immigrants who just finished his junior year at Arizona State University where he is studying to become an architect. Luis talked about his experience attending college despite financial difficulty and lack of familiarity with the college application process. The webinar also offered practical tips for parents and students to get on the track to college – including the importance of building a support network of other college-bound students.

LNESC, the education arm of LULAC, serves 11,000 students annually with direct educational services in underserved communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. LNESC will roll out the Latinos Rumbo al Collegeprogram through its unique network of community-based education centers and long-standing school partners, offering the webinars as a vital resource for counselors and teachers. LNESC’s commitment to the new program also includes coordinating with LULAC and its technology affiliates to integrate the webinar series as a resource across its network of 42 technology centers.

The Latinos Rumbo al College series will continue in the fall with the following webinars, which will be made available in English and Spanish:

“Acing Scholarship Applications” – Wednesday, September 5th
“Finding Mentors and Building a Support System” – Wednesday, October 3rd
“Mastering the College Application Process” – Wednesday, November 7th

For more information about the upcoming Latinos Rumbo al College webinars, and to register for the free sessions, please log on to http://event.xfactorcom.com/sd/mcds/20120629/.  For more information about McDonald’s commitment to education visit www.MeEncanta.com or follow us @MeEncanta.