Contact: Kathleen Kincheloe
August 22 , 2007
For Spanish-Speaking Students and Families
RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) announces the creation of an online resource for Spanish-speaking students, parents, and the high school and post-secondary personnel who work with Virginia’s growing Hispanic population.
The “En Español” section of the SCHEV web site is available to all interested users at http://www.schev.edu/students/Espanol/Espanol.asp. It provides both Spanish and English versions of helpful information on preparing and paying for college. Topics include the benefits of post-secondary education, tips on how to choose the right institution, and information on applying for admission. There are also sections for parents and for adult learners who are considering private career institutions for specific occupational or technical training.
“SCHEV has long had an interest in promoting access and affordability for all students who wish to pursue higher education. We want all our students to be successful and have the same opportunities to access this information,” says Governor Timothy M. Kaine. “Our hope is that this resource will serve as a useful outreach tool for students, parents, counselors or other school personnel who are involved in the college decision-making process.”
“We know that high school counselors, instructors, and others who work with Hispanic populations can encounter language and cultural barriers when working with students and parents who are not native English speakers,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV Executive Director. “The SCHEV web section not only encourages members of this under-served population to consider postsecondary education as an option, but it also gives them tips and tools to make it happen.”
“Like many Virginia higher education institutions, the University of Mary Washington is working to increase its outreach to potential students from the Commonwealth’s growing Hispanic community,” says Rita S. Thompson, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Mary Washington. “To have information available in Spanish will be a great help as we strive to engage families in their child’s college application process, which can be overwhelming for parents who aren’t familiar with our admissions practices.”
SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.
For more information, contact Kathleen Kincheloe, Assistant Director of Communications, at KathleenKincheloe@schev.edu or (804) 786-2323.