From October to March, Hillsborough County high schools will host workshops to educate Latino students and parents about preparing for college. Called “Pasos al Futuro” these Spanish-only sessions will educate Hispanic families about preparing for college, applying to college, getting financial aid and filling out forms for scholarships. All meetings start at 6:30pm in the school’s auditorium.

“Many students and families are surprised to find out that they qualify for admission to a number of schools and are eligible to get federal scholarships,” says Araseli Martinez-Peña, who works in bilingual guidance services for the Hillsborough Public Schools.

The Florida College Access Network is helping to circulate the word about these valuable workshops. As a partner in Goal 2025, a movement to make sure 60% of Florida working-age residents have a degree or certificate by the year 2025, we are proud to support Pasos al Futuro as a valuable tool in increasing the number of first-generation students who successfully make it into higher education. For more information, send an e-mail to

Date                    Location

Oct. 8                     Hillsborough High School – 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa
Oct. 10                   East Bay High School – 7710 Old Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton
Oct. 15                   Gaither High School – 16200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
Oct. 22                   Jefferson High School – 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa
Oct. 29                   Lennard High School – 2342 E. Shell Point Rd., Ruskin
Nov. 7                    Leto High School – 4409 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
Nov. 12                  Plant City High School – One Raider Pl., Plant City
Nov. 14                  Tampa Bay Technical High School – 6410 Orient Rd., Tampa
Nov. 19                  Spoto High School – 8538 Eagle Palm Dr., Riverview
Mar. 6                    Lennard High School – 2342 E. Shell Point Rd., Ruskin
Mar. 20                  Strawberry Crest High School – 4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover
Mar. 22                  Wharton High School – 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (*9:30 a.m. Saturday)

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