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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Graduation is only a few weeks away for high schoolers, but an event at North Brunswick High School hopes to gear up Latino students and parents for higher education.

Maria Buenrostro has a son that is a junior at North Brunswick. She is a native of Mexico and does not speak English. She came to Latino Parent’s Night with her husband to learn about what they could do to help their son succeed after high school. She says they have always pushed their son to excel in school and wants him to go to college.

Everything said at the event was in Spanish. Parents were educated on things like classes their children should be taking in high school and preparing for college entrance exams like the SAT.

“The goal here is to help them plan financially, to help them plan the correct school for their child and just plant the seed to thinking about the possibility of higher education,” said Meghan Stepnowski, the event coordinator.

Representatives from Brunswick Community College and UNCW came out. Edelmira Segovia, a spokeswoman for UNCW’s Centro Españo says a lot of Hispanic parents don’t see the long term benefits of a college education.

“They might see the current and most immediate means in that extra income, but not realize that they’re really losing out by not supporting the students to focus on their studies,” Segovia said.

Buenrostro says because her son was not born in America, he will have to overcome obstacles in order to get a college education. She says her son wants to attend an American college or university, but if he cannot because of his status, she will encourage him to go to Mexico for a degree.

According to the 2010 US Census, the Hispanic population in North Carolina rose 111 percent in the past decade. Hispanics currently account for about eight percent of the state’s population.

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6 Comments on "Latino parents learn about higher education benefits"

2015 years 9 months ago

Your tax dollars at work….

2015 years 9 months ago

Then change the status and become an American Citizen!!!!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

At least they are willing to get an education and enter the workforce instead of sitting on their butts selling drugs and thinking the goverment owes them a free ride!

2015 years 9 months ago

Way to go Phillguy! Sure why not educate them on our dime while they collect Social Security, get free medical care, food stamps, section 8 housing, clog up the emergency rooms having babies and drive around drunk without insurance?

Sure, why not?

Let’s just throw in a brand new Cadillac Escalade and a fresh bank account with 20k in it at the same time, just to help get them on their feet.

IDIOT! “Knowledge”…go get some!!!

Nothing for you here
2015 years 9 months ago


“Representatives from Brunswick Community College and UNCW came out. Edelmira Segovia, a spokeswoman for UNCW’s Centro Españo says a lot of Hispanic parents don’t see the long term benefits of a college education.”

Why are learning institutions going out of their way to help criminals get ahead?

They broke the law, yes the immigration law.

Why isn’t Obama’s justice department prosecuting these criminals?

2015 years 9 months ago

I’m not going to stoop to your 1st grade level calling you a derogatory name back but will be glad to school on a couple of things. First it might help for you to sit in on a couple of American History and Economics classes at one of the local schools here.

Second, one race of people are not using the emergency rooms, section 8 housing, food stamps, DUI’s ect. Plenty of Whites, Blacks, Asians there too! Most Latino’s are hard workers often working sun up to sun down doing the jobs that us and our children have become too fat and lazy to do for less pay. You should make friends with some and you will see they are not all bad people.

Third we all came here at one point from another country except for the Native Americans who our ancestors slaughtered and took the land from their tribes. There was no Ellis Island when my people came over…we just rolled in and started fishing and farming! Fourth, if history repeats itself, the Latinos second generation will become our doctors, business owners, leaders and teachers. Last thought, a kid in a seat in the classroom is one less on the corner gang banging. I support education for any child no matter what race because a mind is a terrible thing to waste!


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