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Esperanza's Saturday Academy Students Visit Kent State University

Posted Dec, 8, 2012

Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburgwelcomed a group of 34 high school students from Esperanza, Inc.'s Saturday Academy on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Students in the Saturday Academy program visit various college campuses throughout the semester to learn about educational opportunities, college admissions process, and much more.

Thomas Hoiles, director of enrollment Management & Student Services, and his staff shared information about college readiness, programs, and courses offered at the center. Current students who have attended the Kent Campus and Regional Academic Center volunteered to share their personal college experiences with the high school students.

Following a lunch and a time management presentation by Reema Suhwail, Esperanza, Inc. Program Coordinator, students traveled to the Kent Campus. They were greeted by the Latino Networking Caucus (LNC) during the annual LNC Alumni Awards Luncheon in Kent Student Center. T. David Garcia (associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs) and José C. Feliciano (Kent State's new President's Ambassador) addressed the students during the luncheon. The students concluded their visit with a tour of the Kent Campus.

The multi-campus visit during Homecoming weekend was an overall success. "Seeing the Latino students on campus motivated many of the students to not only possibly attend Kent but to go to college in general" Suhwail commented in an evaluation of the visit.

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