ahcoct1Nearly 200 academic counselors, educators and youth advocates will find out how to better serve the community’s needs during a two-day summit co-organized by Allan Hancock College and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. The event, “Growing Roses in Concrete,” runs from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, October 27-28, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria

Various presenters from throughout the state will discuss issues of social injustice, equity, access and best practices to reach hard-to-reach students and better serve Latino students.

The event is the result of collaboration between the local high schools and Allan Hancock College through the Bridges to Success (BTS) program that is now in its third year.

ahcoct2“We are honing down on the fact that our students have populations that need support,” said Nohemy Ornelas, associate superintendent and vice president of Student services at Allan Hancock College. “We wanted to have two days where we could bring speakers to shed light on the disproportionally impacted students in our community. This summit is another opportunity to further help our students by helping to change the mindset of the educational community.”