LOGAN – The Logan School District and Logan High School are holding their second Latino Education Day on Saturday Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Logan High School Cafeteria
Logan School Superintendent Dr. Frank Schofield said there was a group of parents who started to engage the Latino community of students about furthering their education.
“We had a new Mexican Consulate that supported us and we started some follow up conversation on what can we do support the Latino’s education and involvement in the community,” he said. “We also got input from business leaders.”
He said it was a confluence of events that came together to make this happen.
“We think we have some great people in place who are going to reach out and capture their attention,” the superintendent said. “We are excited to help students see college as viable option after graduation.”
They will see people who are interested and accepting of what they are doing, and want to help them succeed.
Chris Gonzales and Pam Alcott from Utah State University are reaching out to help students understand what is at stake.
USU President Cockett is also trying to build relationships with high schools and the individuals who work at the USU. There are a significant number of professors with Latino background.
“Those are people with resources that have been there before,” Schofield said.
Logan High School’s Latino population is 33 percent of the student body.
Schofield spent some time in Bogota, Colombia and taught ELS and Social Studies. That exposure to the Latino people sparked his interest in the success of students in this population.
Celina Wille, an assistant professor at USU and Latino programs specialist, said this is a great opportunity to bring Latino parents of junior and senior students who are considering going to college together.
“They can find out about concurrent enrollment, how to fill out applications and other hurdles,” she said. “Sometimes they just don’t know what to do or how to do things.”
Wille said they have plans to take students to USU and Bridgerland Technical College and let them get a feel for what could be ahead for them.
“We want to provide time and information and have deadlines. We will provide information in both languages,” Wille said. “We will have applications and show them how to fill them out.
“Community leaders are supporting us and want students to look past high school into higher educational processes.
“We are refining the process and asking the interfaith group, Cache Community Connections, and the Family Place to encourage students and parents to attend.”