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Thousands of Latinos Learned the Benefits of Early Preparation for College at Education Fair

Education fair at CSU Dominguez Hills.
Crowds filled up the CSU Dominguez Hills Ballroom as soon as the education fair
doors opened.

August 26, 2009
By Clara Potes-Fellow

Approximately 20,000 people attended the Education Fair, Leave your Mark, at CSU Dominguez Hills, on Saturday, Aug 22. The event, sponsored by Univision and Chivas USA offered  information on California's education system from pre-K through college to Latino parents.

Participants learned about the steps to go to college from representatives of the CSU system and several of its campuses including, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A., Sonoma State, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Northridge, and Cal State Fullerton.  Other higher education institutions bringing their education message to parents that day, included USC, UCLA, Stanford University and local community colleges.

Ribbon cutting ceremony.
Univision General Manager Maelia Macin,
CSUDH President Mildred Garcia, and
Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, consul
general of Mexico, cut the ribbon during
opening ceremony.

CSU Dominguez Hills President, Mildred Garcia, opened the education fair at 11:45 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  She was accompanied by the Consul General of Mexico, Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, Maelia Macin General Manager of Univision, Los Angeles, and Congresswoman Judy Chu (32nd District, San Gabriel Valley).

"I have never seen so many families attend an event on our campus," said Toby Bushee, manager, ceremonies and events at CSU Dominguez Hills. "By noon when the doors opened to the public, there were already 3,000 people in line waiting to enter the event site, and the numbers continued to grow larger throughout the day."

For several hours, families lined up around the Dominguez Hills campus grounds patiently waiting to get in to the Loker Student Union Ballroom. While in line, parents and children were entertained by NASA representatives, healthcare industry and Parent Institute (PIQE) educators, and Univision and KLOVE celebrities who signed autographs and did raffles.

CSU volunteer explains the steps to
college to middle school student.

"Deja Huella," Spanish for Leave your Mark was the theme of the event, which inspired thousands to plan early for college, so that they can leave a strong footprint in life.