Thursday evening OCBC, parents and education advocates gathered at the Discovery Science Center for the 4th Annual Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) Reception, presented by The Boeing Company, to celebrate the program’s 7th year of success in Orange County, reaching 23,000 OC parents. This year the event highlighted Korean, Vietnamese and Latino graduates of LEA who shared personal stories about how LEA has impacted their family, and set their children on a path to educational achievement.
Jose Ignacio, son of Felipa Morales, spoke of his mother’s efforts to encourage his educational development, “Seeing her learn is making me also want to continue in my dream.”
AT&T’s Richard Porras, Chair of OCBC’s Workforce Development Committee emceed the event and spoke of the educational disparities LEA is helping address. Latino students account for 69% of all high school dropouts in OC, and have a college eligibility rate of only 19.8%. “Parents are a child’s first teacher,” said Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who attended the event to show her support for the program. Assemblyman Jose Solorio, 69th District, also attended the event to encourage parents to get involved in their children’s education. CLICK HERE to watch a video about LEA. CLICK HERE for event photos. CLICK HERE for the OC Register’s coverage. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.