¡AVANZA! Moving Forward!

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The goal of ¡AVANZA! is to encourage Latino/a youth to graduate from high school and pursue higher education, and ultimately, to obtain a rewarding career and contribute to their communities. The program offers a dynamic curriculum that integrates leadership, college preparation, and culturally relevant themes for the Latino/a students.

¡AVANZA! students are given the tools necessary to emerge as leaders.

Team Building:
They practice and implement team-building skills that carry over in their roles in college as well as in life.

Personal Responsibility:
By completing written assignments, group work and research presentations, students learn to be responsible for themselves as well as become aware of their role as individuals in a group environment.
By learning the fundamentals of communication, students become active listeners and participants.
Public Speaking Skills:
Through experiential learning, they gain confidence and experience in public speaking.
Conflict Resolution:
Students are exposed to appropriate methods of handling conflict.
Cultural Pride:
Students are encouraged to celebrate and explore their heritage.


High school participation and requirements:

High school students who are selected to participate in ¡AVANZA! enroll in a college level course that focuses on leadership, cultural and academic development. Students who meet all course requirements receive one college credit and high school credit(s).

  1. Attend class once a week
  2. Participate in class discussions
  3. Complete assignments
  4. Engage in group activities
  5. Deliver presentations

Students who complete ¡AVANZA! have the opportunity to participate in ¡AVANZA!2 and Ganas (¡AVANZA!3)

For more information, please contact:

Claudia Bisso-Fetzer, Ph.D.
Latino College Preparation Coordinator 
Phone: 541-318-3717
Email: cbissofetzer@cocc.edu 

Christy Walker
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: 541- 383-7412
Email: cwalker2@cocc.edu

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