College Is “Un Sueño Alcanzable”—A Possible Dream

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These days, a college education is not only more important, but more accessible than ever before. That’s the message of a new video produced by the U.S. Department of Education especially for Spanish-speaking families.

The video profiles Samantha Hernandez, a sophomore at California State University Dominguez Hills, and shows the support she receives as she pursues an education to attain her career and life goals. Samantha’s story is told in her own words, as well as those of her fellow students, faculty advisor, college president, and family members—all in Spanish.

The video shows her on campus and at home in South Central Los Angeles, where she lives with her mother and sisters and documents the financial assistance she receives from the U.S. Department of Education and that California State. The financial aid helps ensure that, once students enroll, they can complete their degrees. The video also demonstrates the critical role that the family can play in motivating young people to attend and succeed in the world of higher education.

Entitled “La Universidad: Un Sueño Alcanzable” (“College: A Possible Dream”), the video runs about 5 minutes and is closed-captioned in Spanish and in English. Just click the “cc” button and select the language option you prefer.

Click here for an accessible version of the video.

John McGrath
Office of Communications and Outreach