Many Boyle Heights Seniors to be First in Family to Attend College

24 Apr 2012 |
Many Boyle Heights Seniors to be First in Family to Attend College

Lots of motivation and determination in Boyle Heights these days, as seniors put “a lot of time and effort into anything college-related.”

Mendez Learning Center Academic Coordinator Martha Ramirez says that “students are coming into the college center spending their nutrition, their lunch break, and after school hours here.”

Most of these students will be the first in their families to attend four year colleges, which will make their upcoming high school graduation especially inspiring.

The Boyle Heights Beat reports that students are excited about college, and doing what they can to make it financially feasible now that they’ve done the hard work to qualify and apply:

“Angie Valenzuela, 17, a senior at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, is one of the new wave of college bound Boyle Heights seniors. Already accepted to Cal State Fullerton, she awaits other acceptance letters. ‘Nobody in my family has ever gone to college,’ she says, ‘but I’m glad to say I have received my first acceptance letter from a university.’”