Our hope for the future.

Krystal Salas has high hopes for her future. She is only a senior in high school, and will be the first in her family to go to college, but she knows, through STEM internships and workshops at Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), that the biotech industry in San Diego needs more qualified workers, especially women and minorities. She is looking to answer that call by becoming an aerospace engineer. In fact, she has been working on it since the third grade as a student at BLCI. Specifically, this past summer she interned at HP where she experimented with technological products that sparked her curiosity even further.

Like Krystal, more than half of all school age children in California are Latino. Nationally, Latinos are quickly becoming the majority minority group. Unfortunately, they have among the lowest levels of educational attainment. Given that most jobs now require education beyond high school, if we do not provide support for Latino families to make it to and through college, we miss out on important opportunities to build a better future for us all.

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome is also aware of this economic reality. As a result, she recently paid a visit to talk to the students about why BLCI is such a critical program to have in Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, Downtown, San Diego and the possibility of this being a model program to mimic statewide.

Thanks to you, Krystal will be an aerospace engineer. To support more students like Krystal, visit our website www.blci.org.