Initiative Aims to Break the Language Barrier to Help Parents Whose First Language is Spanish Become More Involved in Children’s College Plans
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New York, NY (November 7, 2011) – Reflecting Kaplan Test Prep’s continuing efforts to make test prep and admissions information available to as many students and parents as possible, the company is launching a series of live, online events in Spanish to help Hispanic parents become stronger partners in their children’s college planning. Additionally, Kaplan recently launched a Spanish-language webpage, www.kaptest.com/espanol, which will come to include free parent and student resources on everything from SAT, ACT and PSAT prep to a college admissions planning timeline.
Kaplan Test Prep’s inaugural college admissions seminars for parents en español includes:
- Ayudar su Hijo con el Proceso de Solicitud a la Universidad (How to Help Your Child Get into College,) Tuesday, November 15, 9:00 PM EST: The one hour, live interactive seminar will share information with parents on how to be active, constructive partners in the college admissions process. Among the pieces of advice: parents should let their child drive the process.
- Pagando por la Universidad: Asegurando Asistencia Financiera (Paying for College: A Guide to Getting Financial Aid,) Wednesday, November 30, 9:00 PM EST: You can’t think about going to college today without thinking about how to pay for it. The 60-minute live, online event will introduce parents to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid,) which is the largest source of financial aid, and explain how the scholarship process works.
Parents who register at www.kaptest.com/espanol will also receive links to videos of the seminars post-events and discounts on a variety of Kaplan’s comprehensive and On Demand SAT®, ACT ® and PSAT® courses.
“While Kaplan Test Prep has long maintained a strong relationship with the Hispanic community through our partnerships with school districts, community groups and advocacy organizations like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU,) this latest outreach to Spanish-speaking parents will be especially helpful for those whose children may not only be first generation Americans, but also first generation college applicants,” said Justin Serrano, president of K-12 and college prep, Kaplan Test Prep. “Informed parents can be a college applicant’s most effective educational advocates. These two live, online workshops, where parents can ask questions and share experiences with one another, will provide attendees with the fundamentals necessary to become constructive, more active participants in the college admissions process.”
According to a study released by the Pew Hispanic Center in August 2011, there are currently 1.8 million Hispanics enrolled in colleges across the United States – a 24% jump from the previous year. As a result of this increase, young Hispanics are now the largest minority on the nation’s college campuses.
Serrano adds that parents can expect more Spanish-language live, online events using Kaplan’s Classroom Anywhere technology in the months ahead. “These launch events and website are part of our long-term commitment to widen the door of educational opportunity for Hispanic students. We hope that as many parents as possible will be a part of this critically important conversation about their children’s futures.”
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