Latino sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school are invited to a free Latino Empowerment Conference at Moraine Valley on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required by Monday, Feb. 29. Lunch is provided.

The goal of the conference is to empower Latino students to attend college. Students will hear peer success stories and gain knowledge to prepare them for the next step of their educational journey.

Conference highlights include: navigating the college experience, strategies for overcoming challenges, preparing for college throughout high school, celebrating the successes of Latino students, and nontraditional career opportunities.

The keynote speaker is Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and provost for the Maricopa County Community College District, which serves the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona.

Contact either Adrienne Stewart at or (708) 974-5475 or Andy Sarata at or (708) 974-5355 with any questions.

For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, College and Community Relations coordinator, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at