Community Engagement

    SJCHCC to Host 9th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop

    The 2011 Bilingual Financial Aid Workshop

    Last year's financial aid workshop attracted several thousand college-bound students and offered financial advice from how to save to college to how to fill out the FAFSA forms. This year's event will be held on Jan. 29 in the Spanos Center on Pacific's Stockton campus.

    Dec 21, 2011
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    The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for its 9th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop.  The event will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Alex G. Spanos Center located at 3601 Pacific Avenue on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton California.  Registration starts at 8 am.  The workshop will offer high school seniors, athletes, transfer students and their parents, free step-by-step assistance filling out the complex Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  The FAFSA opens the door not only to free money for college through Cal Grants, but also to many other forms of financial aid assistance for paying college tuition.

    "We are so very proud of how this educational event has evolved over the last eight years," stated Mark Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.  "We started this event many years ago hoping to help parents overcome a difficult application process and now we are seeing parents come back with their younger children who are now looking to go to college." The keynote speaker for this year's workshop will be Tim Rios, Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo's Social Responsibility Group.

    The forum also features workshops for sixth, seventh, eighth graders, and all high school students and their parents so they can get an early start on how to prepare for their future.  The focus is on what classes to take for college preparation, study habits, extra-curricular activities and how important parent participation is to a student's success.  For more information on the event contact the chamber office at 209-943-6117.

    The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC) represents the interest of approximately 250 members, many of whom are small business owners. Established in 1972, the Chamber provides assistance in opening businesses, accessing capital, and links members-to-members through its many events held throughout the year. The Chamber sponsors monthly business mixers, workshops, tradeshows and conferences.  In addition, the Chamber serves as a source of referrals for the agencies and organizations needing information about the local Hispanic community.  For more information contact the Chamber Offices at (209) 943-6117 or visit our website at