As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the city of Rochester and the Rochester City School District sponsored its third annual Latino College Fair. It's an opportunity for middle and high school students to meet representatives from local colleges.
Hundreds of Hispanic students attended the fair in the atrium of the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Low graduation rates among Latinos spurred the idea. Only 38% of Hispanic seniors in the district graduated last year.
Organizers say the college fair is a way to show Hispanic students the transition from high school to college is possible and make them aware of opportunities.
"Unfortunately, in families, high school's the end of the road," the college fair organizer Albert Algarin said. "You graduate high school and a big party's thrown, success, this is it. There's more to that, there's more to life out there if you have a chance and an opportunity. If you don't, let's try to get you the opportunity, try to show you the chance."
The college fair more than doubled in attendance from last year. Organizers are looking to expand participation to Latino students from suburban school districts.