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Bush Administration Unveils New Bilingual Web Site
Featuring Tools For Families, Information on Getting To College
New site will help Hispanic parents make college
a reality for their children
Los Angeles, Calif. -- According to a recent study
released by the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, 96 percent of the
Hispanic parents surveyed expected their children to go to college,
but researchers found 66 percent of the parents failed to answer
four out of eight basic questions about what it takes to make college
a reality for their family. The study indicates that Hispanic children
are more likely to miss out on crucial steps leading to college
unless these knowledge deficits are remedied.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence
for Hispanic Americans today took a first step to reverse these
numbers and equip Hispanic families with the tools they need to
help make a college education a reality for their children.
Commission members Rosario Marin, the U.S. Treasurer,
and Latin recording artist Jon Secada unveiled a new and exciting
bilingual Web site that provides parents with a one-stop center
for information to increase college knowledge. Marin and Secada
made the announcement at the Puente Technology Center.
The launch is a nationwide grassroots effort, and
includes a national public awareness campaign with the Hispanic
Broadcasting Corporation on their 55 Hispanic-focused radio stations,
to make these tools available to parents, educators and community
"All children, whatever their circumstances,
deserve a chance to learn, achieve academic success, and have the
opportunity to go on to college," said Leslie Sanchez, director
of the White House Initiative. "YesICan.gov [www.YesICan.gov;
www.YoSiPuedo.gov] offers parents and students resources on how
they can make this a reality."
YesICan.gov provides information on the Myths and
Facts about College Costs, 20 Questions to Ask Your Guidance Counselor,
and Things You Need to Know About Paying for College. The initiative
worked with collegeboard.com and Tormont Publishing to provide content.
In addition, the new mascot, Pablo the Eagle, will
host www.YesICanKids.gov and encourage reading and educational advancement
among the Hispanic community's youngsters.
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige will make a
direct appeal to every public school principal, every college and
university president including Hispanic-serving institutions, as
well as community technology centers asking them to make these tools
available to their constituents.