Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

College Access for Low Income and Minority Students – Podcast Episode 41 | Podcast Episode 41

Classnotes Podcast (October 14, 2008) The promise of access to college and to educational technology has not been fulfilled for low-income minority students, particularly first-generation college students and their families. Nationally, children in low-income families are 32 percent less likely to attend college than those in families with higher incomes. And many families do not have access to information about colleges, how they operate, what is needed to apply and how to obtain financial aid. Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, gives examples of how K-12 schools can actively support college access for their students. Aurelio is interviewed by Christie Goodman, APR, IDRA’s communications manager.

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Show Notes

  • Host Christie Goodman , APR, IDRA's communications manager, welcomes Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, for a discussion of how schools and some families and students think about and prepare for higher education.

  • Aurelio addresses the dangerous assumptions contained in the "college is not for everybody" statement.

  • Aurelio talks about his "Moving Forward: A Parent's Guide to College" workshops, including the discussions he has with families about the benefits a college education.

  • Aurelio explains a workshop exercise he uses to demonstrate the increase in potential earning power for students who earn degrees in higher education.

  • Aurelio explains the unscrupulous tactics that some proprietary schools use in recruiting students.

  • Aurelio offers advice for school officials on how to work with students and families who are asking about and researching higher education opportunities.