Collinsville High School is a proud participant in the Universidad Ya (College Now) college readiness program for junior and senior Latino Students. Universidad Ya is an initiative of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Lois.
The program is lead by Mrs. Virginia Braxs, a senior lecturer in Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis.
Students meet four times a year during their lunch/study periods. Mrs. Braxs presents a variety of information to help students understand what is needed for college. Topics range from the importance of your grade point average, scholarships, completing the FASFA and applying for college. Mrs. Braxs also establishes a relationship with each student and mentors them.
This year, students who attended all four sessions were awarded a tablet computer or voice recorder.
Tablet winners: Dahlia Avila, Javier DeAvila, Brandon Magadon and Jose Villa. Voice Recorder winners: Gilberto Del Rio, Felipe Munoz, Vanessa Rodriguez and Rocio Romo.
CUSD 10 Bilingual Director Carla Cruise says the program has already reaped important benefits, “We have success through this program, one in particular, Zachery Otero, is a student that is currently attending Washington University because of Universidad Ya!”