At Ontario High, graduation’s all in the familia with Juntos

Ludivina Perez, far right, stands with her niece Heydi Hernandez Perez after graduating from Juntos, a program at Ontario High that helps families apply to college. Behind them, from right: Carolina Gomez, Victoria Alexander and Cathy Martinez, Ontario School District employees. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – Ludivina Perez wants to see Hispanic students reach higher. 

That’s why she enrolled in Juntos – a program with that goal in mind – at Ontario High School. Perez’s family was one of nine that graduated from the program earlier this month.

Juntos, a Spanish word that means “together,” is designed to empower Hispanic students and their families to plan for college. 

“We break it all down so that it makes sense to them,” said Jose Garcia, a coordinator for the Juntos program at Oregon State University. 

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