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AISD Hosts Hispanic Futures Conference for Students and Families

Parents’ expectations critical to student success

Each year, Austin ISD hosts the Hispanic Futures conference and career fair to offer families the tools and resources they will need for students to be successful in college, career and life.

What: AISD has partnered with the City of AustinAustin EnergyCon Mi Madre, Freescale and Silicon Labs to present the Hispanic Futures conference and career fair. This year’s theme is “Exploring STEAM,” focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Who: Cynthia Rubio, president of Radiant RFID, will deliver the keynote address. She leads an Austin-based company that specializes in radio frequency identification, which allows data to be transferred wirelessly in chips or tags. Earlier this month, Rubio spoke at SXSW Interactive about Hispanic entrepreneurship.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28

Where: Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Drive

Background:  About 60 percent of AISD students are Hispanic. According to a district study, almost 30 percent of Hispanic seniors indicated that their parents’ expectations were the most important factor keeping them in school, compared with 16 percent of non-Hispanic seniors.

Through Hispanic Futures, AISD works with community partners to provide information, workshops and interactive experiences that can help students and families focus their efforts on activities that will pave the way for a successful future.

This year’s participants include: Applied Materials, the Art Institutes, Dub Academy, AT&T, Girlstart, Google Fiber, Mexic-Arte Museum, IBM, Intel, National Instruments, Programming with Lego Robots, Texas State Technical College, the University of Texas at Austin and Skillpoint Alliance.

The conference is free for AISD families.

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