CAC’s Vidas Brillantes Conference for Young Women Provides Insight into Importance of College
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Earlier this month, Central Arizona College hosted the first annual Vidas Brillantes, conference for young women. More than 75 young ladies from Casa Grande Middle School, Villago Middle School and Cactus Middle School attended the event.
Students arrived at 9 a.m. and received a heartwarming personal greeting from Jenni Cardenas, CAC’s Vice President of College Affairs. They participated in workshops and sessions designed to demonstrate the value of attending college and learned about the Promise for the Future Scholarship. Each student was invited to sign a contract, giving them two years of free tuition if students graduate with a 2.75 grade point average or higher from a Pinal County high school.
Students indicated that one of the sessions they enjoyed the most was a student panel of former and current CAC students. Panelists answered questions like: is college hard; how many hours per day do you go to school; do you like college; do you work while you are in college; and what is your major?
“Participants demonstrated they were hungry for more knowledge about the who, what, where, when and why of attending college,” explained Sherrie Licon, Director of Student Retention. “Based on feedback, the student panel sessions will be an integral part of Vidas Brillantes 2017.”
At the conclusion of the event, each attendee received a certificate acknowledging their participation in the event and enjoyed lunch, donated by the Pinal Hispanic Council.
“Special recognition is extended to Dolores Underwood, Casa Grande Elementary School Board member, and the 2016 Vidas Brillantes committee for bringing this first-ever program to Casa Grande,” said Licon. “We also extend special thanks to Dr. Frank Davidson, Ralph Varela, and the middle school principals; Jeff Lavender, Jennifer Murrieta and David Owen for their commitment to allowing students this opportunity.”