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Éxito Educativo is a partnership based program led by MI ALMA that promotes academic success among Latino families. This exciting after-school program brings Latino parents and their students in high school together to learn about the requirements for high school graduation, the different sources of support, and the pathways to college.

The program consists of six (6) two-hour long modules. Participants learn about the benefits of a college education, the importance of family members communicating with each other, school personnel, and peers. They will also learn about the structure of U.S. higher education, the sources of financial aid, the importance of financial planning, and the college application and admissions process.

Interested families will attend an orientation session to learn more about the program. Both the parent(s) and the student(s) will be required to attend all six sessions, which will occur every two weeks during the school semester.

Program Objectives

  1. Discover academic potential and view higher education as attainable.
  2. Increase awareness of academic requirements for high school graduation.
  3. Promote parent awareness of school systems and modes of involvement in the schools.
  4. Enhance awareness of admission requirements at colleges and universities.
  5. Provide information on financial planning for a college education.
  6. Promote Career Exploration among Latino students.

Topics Addressed

  • Why do People go to college?
  • Family Communications
  • Academic Requirements
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Resources
  • Applying for College Admission

Consistent with its culturally relevant approach, the program is bilingual and can be offered in Spanish for those parents who are primarily Spanish-speaking.

The Lansing program is offered through a partnership that includes the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University, Lansing School District, Capital Area College Access Network, Lansing Promise, Lansing Community College, and MI ALMA.

The Grand Rapids program is offered through a partnership that includes MSU Extension, Western Michigan University, San Juan Diego Academy, the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University, and MI ALMA.

The Van Buren ISD program is offered through a partnership that includes the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University, Van Buren Intermediate School District, and MI ALMA.

For more information please contact:

Lansing area:

Sergio Keck
Lansing School District

Rubén Martinez, Ph.D.
Julian Samora Research Institute,
Michigan State University

Grand Rapids area:

Veronica Quintino
Éxito Educativo Facilitator

Susan Fenton
4-H Program Coordinator,
Michigan State University Extension

Jesus Hernandez
Wyoming High School

Heidi Smitley
Catholic Central High School

Van Buren ISD:

Elizabeth Martinez

Sarita Collins