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Black, Brown and College Bound Summit in Tampa this week

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Andres Gomez Andres Gomez

Hundreds of educators from across the country are descending on the bay area this week for the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit. The summit is aimed at improving the numbers of African American and Latino males who graduate high school and attend college.

Andres Gomez is a student at Hillsborough Community College, and knows first hand the difficulties minorities face when it comes to higher educations.

"One of the struggles I had was, especially my family, economically, we did not have the means to go to college." Gomez said. "So once I got out of high school, I had to work full time for one or two years."

Gomez says he chose HCC because of the quality of education and the cost. "I had to like check the cost... And the quality of the classes and the professors, and I found that HCC was way cheaper than USF and it provided a really good education for a starting path in order to transfer into a four year institution."

Barbara Cockfield is the HCC Program Manager, Equity and Special Program Equity and Diversity. She says the theme of this year's summit is rebuilding the village for African American/Latino males in higher education. She says it truly takes a village to raise a child.

Cockfield says there are a number of issues these young men face when trying to better themselves. "I think it could be many things. I think that it could be single family homes, I think it could be the economy, I think it could be neighborhoods that some of our young people are growing up in. "

The goal of the summit is to make sure minorities are not a minority on college campuses. Registration for the summit is tonight from 4pm-8pm.

You can also register on-line, just look under links we mentioned. The cost of the summit is $525.00 for professionals and $250.00 for students. It runs tomorrow through the 23rd.

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