“The Passport to Education Program is vital to ensuring that increasing numbers of Latinos complete high school and go on to higher education, in an effort to contribute to the overall economy and workforce of our commonwealth and our nation,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Washington Redskins for our efforts to keep this growing demographic in school and on the path to success.”
Some of the students selected from middle school programs at Elkhardt Thompson and Salem Church traveled to FedExField to participate in the halftime recognition.
Hispanic students are the youngest demographic in the U.S. and fastest growing segment of our labor force, with the lowest high school and college graduation rates out of any demographic.
Passport to Education’s key components include bilingual leadership programs in schools, a web portal offering guidance in navigating the educational system in the U.S., field trip excursions to universities, radio show, and $50,000 in scholarships annually. To date Passport to Education bilingual programs have served 1,343 students.
“The Redskins are very proud to support the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, honoring the great work Passport to Education has done and celebrating its success at our Hispanic Heritage game against St. Louis on September 20th,” added Washington Redskins Executive Vice President, Terry Bateman.
For more information and about these and many other events taking place during this exciting month, visit www.vahcc.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.