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SCC is Hosting “Dreams: An Event to Learn How You Can Attend College”

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Surry Community College will host “Dreams: An Event to Learn How You Can Attend College ” on Monday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology, Surry Community College, 630 S. Main Street, Dobson.

Special guests will be Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General Mexico; and Monica Colin Gutierrez, Mexican Consulate Official; Vivian Perez Chandler, the Director of Latino Achievers of Forsyth County; and Irving Zavaleta, Coordinator for Social Justice at Wake Forest University. Representatives from NC Works, Surry Community College admissions, SCC financial aid experts, and Residency Determination Service specialists will also be in attendance.

“People who were not born in the United States often have difficulty navigating the complicated higher education system, ” says Sarah Wright, an English and Political Science Instructor at Surry Community College, who is the event's organizer and advisor for the Scholars of Global Distinction students at the college.

Wright says that if you are struggling with these questions as a student, a parent, or a member of the community, this event will have the resources you need available.

“After discussions with colleagues, we realized we had a population of students in our area and some on our campus, who were not pursuing higher education or not asking questions of us out of fear or the assumption we would not know the answer, ” said Wright. “Anna Olivia Sisk, SCC Lead Art Instructor, sought out Vivian Perez Chandler because of the resources she provided Hispanic and Latino students through the Latino Achievers program. After their conversations, Vivian came to Surry to give us some ideas for how we could help our students. ”

“This event was born at that meeting. I met the Consul General and Monica last March, and we talked about the large Hispanic and Latino population of Surry and Yadkin counties and how it would be nice for them to visit, ” Wright said. “I reached out to Monica thinking she would come represent the consul, but as it turns out, both will be coming to the event. The Consul General's office has many roles, but one is helping Mexican Nationals and by extension, other Latino and Hispanic people, navigate the complicated system so they can attend school, either in the United States or online via a school in Mexico. We are excited to have the Consul General at the event to talk about available resources. ”

For more information about the event or Scholars of Global Distinction, contact Sarah Wright at (336) 386- 3439 or wrights@surry.edu.

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