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Thousands Learn About Pre Kinder to College Journey at

Es el Momento Education Fair

Organized by Univision in partnership with the California State University and many other education and nonprofit organizations, Es el Momento Education Fair was held on Oct. 9 to inform Spanish-speaking parents about California's education system. The event's name states in Spanish, “The Time is Now.”

Held at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the fair attracted 27,000 participants interested in learning about a typical education journey from pre kinder to university level.  

Ribbon Cutting CeremonyMildred Garcia and Maelia Macin

Mildred García, (left) president at CSU Dominguez Hills, and Maelia Macin, general manager of Univision's flagship station Channel 34, cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony at the CSUDH campus.

Recognition and CelebrationWarren Furutani  Mildred Garcia

Assembly Member Warren Furutani and CSUDH President Mildred García display plaque recognizing García's civic leadership and commitment to community education.

Elected Officials at the Opening CeremonyLt Gov Abel Maldonado

California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado speaks during the Es el Momento ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Unforgettable MomentsFather and child with Univision Anchor Gabby Teissier

An education fair participant holds his son while posing for a picture with Univision anchor Gabby Teissier.

Reading Aloud Creates Precious MemoriesMark Ridley-Thomas reads to children at CSU Dominguez Hills

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas reads to children congregated at the fair's "reading gardens area" in the CSUDH gymnasium.

Fair Had Something for Everyone and for Every AgeParents and students select books at CSU Dominguez Hills

Students and parents select books for sixth grade readers donated by Molina Health Care and the Mexican Consulate.

Introducing Children to Books at an Early Age Young partcipants browse book at reading gardens at CSU Dominguez Hills

Even the very young had a chance to browse books during the education fair.

College Preparation Begins in KindergartenChild at book stand

Child ponders which will be the best book to take home.  

LAUSD at the ForefrontMonica Garcia, Jorge Haynes

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Mónica García and CSU Senior Director of External Relations Jorge Haynes, share a laugh at the CSUDH gymnasium.

CSU VolunteersRoad to College Tent at Es el Momento

From left, Francisco Cornelio, office of student services at CSULA; Gloria Inzunza-Franco, director, Special Student Recruitment & Retention Initiatives at CSU Long Beach; Univision reporter Claudia Botero; and CSULA student volunteers Maria Salazar and Jonathan Alvarez stand in front of the CSU's Road to College tent. University staff and volunteers wore college T-shirts that displayed logos of Cal State campuses.

Cal Poly Pomona President at Road to College TentMichael Ortiz, (right) president Cal Poly Pomona, Jonathan Alvaraez student at Cal State L.A.

Michael Ortiz, (right) president of Cal Poly Pomona, with Jonathan Alvarez, student volunteer, from CSULA.

Books for First Grade StudentsCople selects books at education fair at CSUDH

Es el Momento Education Fair participants stop to check books provided free to attendees.

Crowds at Around 2 p.m.Crowd Outdoors Es el Momento CSUDH

Guests visit booths lined up along the exterior of the CSUDH gymnasium. Crowds started forming hours before the opening of the event.

Multiple resources were provided to parents and students

Parents and students attending the event saw hundreds of people wearing college T-shirts with the intent of facilitating conversations about the many colleges and universities available in California.

The fair was conducted in Spanish to welcome first-generation Spanish-speaking parents. Participants received information about schools, academic preparation, testing requirements, college life, careers, sports, athletic scholarships, financial aid, and resources to enter and succeed in higher education.

They also met education professionals able to point them to resources and opportunities that facilitate students' educational success.

Read more about Es el Momento: 'Es el Momento' Bridges 2 Worlds to Promote Hispanic Education Achievement

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