The Academia De Padres is a special program for the parents of Latino high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the medical profession. This program is designed to provide a holistic support system to increase the social and cultural capital of college-bound students.
Research shows that parents who are equipped to help their children through the college application process have a greater rate
of acceptance to college and completing a college degree. Parents who participate in this program are invited to monthly seminars where they are exposed to information about the higher education system and are given the tools to best support their children through the educational development process.
Seminars typically meet at UIC on Saturdays throughout the school year.
Benefits and Outcomes
The primary benefit for parents participating in this program is the development of parenting skills that will help prepare their sons and daughters for college and eventually careers in the medical profession. Parents who have participated in the past feel more prepared to answer the questions their students have about college, navigate the college application process and attain the knowledge needed to apply for scholarships and financial aid.
Working together with HCOE staff, parents are more prepared to provide the support needed for their students during the junior and senior of high school, as well as a greater understanding of the support their sons and daughters will need once they are enrolled in college.