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Sweetwater 7th Graders To Begin New Academic Journey

Evening Edition

Aired 10/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Lou Murillo, Director, SDSU Compact for Success

Jimmy Cabrera, Motivational Speaker, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

Reya Gredonia, Biology Major, SDSU

Transcript

More than 4,000 7th graders from Sweetwater Union High School District start down the path of a new journey this weekend: they will visit San Diego State University for the first time as members of a program that may take them all the way through to graduation.

Sweetwater and SDSU have formed Compact for Success, which helps these students — many whom are minorities and low-income — get into college.

"I believe that Compact for Success has changed the culture of San Diego's South Bay in many respects for students and their families," said Lou Murillo, director of the program.

The compact offers students guaranteed admission to SDSU and helps them every step of the way through academic support and mentorship.

For their part, the middle schoolers have to show they are ready to make a commitment to their own academic future.

In order to qualify for the guaranteed admission provision they must meet five benchmarks: continuous enrollment in Sweetwater Union High School District schools through 12th grade, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, complete all CSU A-G course requirements, pass math and English placement exams and take ACT or SAT tests.

Program facilitators said since 2000, the number of Sweetwater District graduates quantifying for admission to SDSU has jumped by more than 500 percent.

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progressivebuthey | October 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ― 10 months, 4 weeks ago

The biggest impediment to Latino finishing high school and going to college is the Latino family which through ignorance, fear and lack of initiative would rather their children stay close to them and not assimilate into the wider culture. Thus, they take jobs where they work harder, not smarter. This Sweetwater program is unfair to other students who don't get guaranteed college placement on a 3.0 grade average, but unless society pushes these Latino kids out of their family environments they will remain ignorant, uneducated and a drain to society.

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