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Wilmer Valderrama at Rio Hondo College

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CHCI’s College Readiness Workshop at Rio Hondo College


Latino High School Students Take on Challenge of Achieving Higher Education


 Actor Wilmer Valderrama will participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) college readiness program Ready to Lead (R2L) on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Rio Hondo College.

Working with CHCI Los Angeles alumni, more than 150 Los Angeles area students will be trained in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development. The goal of R2L is to help Latino high school students enter post-secondary education by motivating them to complete high school, empowering them to serve and lead in their communities, and instilling a belief that a college education is achievable.


Valderrama, the official spokesperson for R2L, will provide closing remarks. Students will also learn more about CHCI’s High School Latino Leaders in DC program that brings 40 high school students from around the country for a one-week leadership and educational training in the summer of 2013.



WHAT:         CHCI Ready to Lead (R2L) Los Angeles

WHO:           Wilmer Valderrama, Actor and CHCI R2L Spokesperson

                     Esther Aguilera, President & CEO, CHCI

Henry Gee, Vice-President of Student Services, Rio Hondo College

Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Cisneros,

The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation

150 Los Angeles area high school students

WHEN:         Saturday, December 8, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


WHERE:       Rio Hondo College

Student Union, Rio Café (SU 101)
3600 Workman Mill Road

Whittier, California 90601


With the support of AT&T Foundation, State Farm Insurance Companies, USA Funds, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, General Mills’ Que Rica Vida, Rio Hondo College and Sodexo, Inc., R2L empowers Latino high school students to attend college and touches hundreds of students nationally each year. The program involves one-day workshops across the country in the most heavily populated Latino urban areas such as Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio, and culminates with a Washington, D.C. two-day workshop during CHCI’s Public Policy Conference each September.



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