Hispanic Student Leadership Summit draws hundreds to SLCC

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SLCC hosts USHLI conference where Hispanic high school students hear messages about seeking a higher education.

Motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda, Jr. tells area Hispanic high school students about his life during a USHLI summit at Salt Lake Community College.

Motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda, Jr. tells area Hispanic high school students about his life during a USHLI summit at Salt Lake Community College.

More than 1,000 students from area high schools attended the recent 2015 USHLI (U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute) Student Leadership Summit held at Salt Lake Community College.

Sponsored by McDonald’s and USHLI and organized in part by Latinos In Action SLCC and the SLCC Student Association, educators and Hispanic students heard from Alfred Ramirez, USHLI director of operations, and educator Ernesto Mejia. Keynote speaker Carlos Ojeda, Jr. shared his inspirational story of growing up in a tough neighborhood, struggling in school, but later graduating from college and succeeding with his career. He showed photos of his three children and wife, who is now a doctor.

Students from several school districts spent the morning attending a career and college fair on SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus. One goal of the event was to motivate students to pursue a college education. It’s the third year McDonald’s has joined USHLI and CoolSpeak, of which Ojeda is president and CEO, to present the Student Leadership Summit.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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