Latino Educational Attainment Celebrates 10 Years of Success

IRVINE, CA— Join Orange County Business Council and community partners at the sixth annual Latino Educational Attainment Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Discovery Science Center. The reception celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the LEA initiative, which works to further student achievement and close the education gap among Orange County students from immigrant families by training parents on how to be advocates for their children’s instruction and knowing how to navigate California’s complex education system.

The reception program will recognize the founding committee members of LEA, as well as parents from the original LEA training courses who will offer insight into how the program has positively affected their families 10 years later. Dr. Juan Carlos Araque, former LEA Committee Chair and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California, will also discuss a current longitudinal study that focuses on how LEA affects 69 parents and their children from the Diamond Elementary and Carr Middle schools and compares them to parents who have not taken the training. Preliminary results reveal that they parents who take the LEA trainings are more confident in engaging in their students’ educational experience.

Latino students account for half of the Orange County education system, yet they experience a 69 percent dropout out rate, according to the Orange County Department of Education. The LEA program originated from a series of articles published 10 years ago by the Orange County Register that investigated the Latino achievement gap and it became clear that parents needed guidance on how to effectively advocate for their children’s’ education. Today, the Ten Educational Commandments for Parents and The Developmental Assets, which are two printed resources LEA makes available to parents, have been published in four different languages and distributed to more than 25,000 parents in 26 neighborhoods across Orange County.

The LEA initiative was founded by Orange County Business Council, Orange County Register, United Way of Orange County, and Orange County Department of Education to ensure that students are well educated and trained today to become the future workforce needed for a prosperous county tomorrow.


SPEAKERS:  Tamika Lang, LEA Committee Chair, The Boeing Company
                             Bill Habermehl, Orange County Department of Education Superintendent, Emeritus
                             Dr. Juan Carlos Araque, LEA Committee Member, University of Southern California
                             Dr. Cathy Wietstock, LEA Committee Member, California State University, Fullerton
                             Richard Porras, OCBC Workforce Development Committee Chair, AT&T
                             Teri Rocco, LEA Outreach Coordinator, Garden Grove Unified School District

WHEN:   Thursday, May 1, 2014
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Adjourn:  7:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Media interested in attending the event should contact Patty Conover at or (949) 794-7220.

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s fifth largest county. For more information, visit

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