More than 70 percent of students at Pacific Oaks College are the first in their families to receive a college degree. We explore some of the first-generation success stories at Pacific Oaks and discover how breaking the higher-education barrier can transform a community.
Like many immigrants before them, Yolanda and Graciela Lopez came to America on a parent’s dream to give them a better life.
“We were born poor. If you want to succeed, you need to work hard in order to reach your goals and succeed in the world,” Baldemar Lopez would tell his seven young daughters after spending long, hot days picking chili peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables in the fields of Monterey County. “I brought you to a country that offers you an opportunity for an education. Now it is up to you to take advantage of it.”Read the full story »
As America struggles to “race to the top” and raise academic standards for all students, the expectations of the kindergarten experience have changed dramatically.
A Pacific Oaks instructor and an alumna proved there was more uniting Asian and American educators than dividing them at the 2012 Montessori in Asia Conference in Singapore.