The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for its 11th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop. The event will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Alex G. Spanos Center located at 3601 Pacific Avenue on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The workshop will offer high school seniors, athletes, transfer students and their parents, free step-by-step assistance filling out the complex Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA opens the doors to access free money for college through Cal Grants as well as other forms of financial aid assistance to pay for college tuition.
“The growth and evolution of this unique educational event over the past ten years is so impressive,” stated James Jimenez, President of the Chamber. “This event started many years ago in an effort to help parents navigate the application process and encourage college education among Hispanic students. Today, we are seeing multicultural families with similar needs so we have expanded our outreach which includes multi-languages.”
The forum also features workshops for sixth, seventh, eighth graders, and all high school students and their parents so they can get an early start on how to prepare for their future. Classes focus on college preparation, study habits, extra-curricular activities and how important parent participation is to a student’s success. For more information on the event contact the chamber office at 209-943-6117.
The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC) represents the interests of business owners throughout the central valley. Established in 1972, the Chamber is a referral source and provides assistance in opening businesses, accessing capital, and links members-to-members through events held throughout the year. The Chamber sponsors monthly business mixers, workshops, tradeshows and conferences. For more information contact SJCHCC at (209) 943-6117 or visit our website at www.sjchispanicchamber.com