Cafe College making difference for prospective students

Center has helped 22,000 San Antonians get to college


SAN ANTONIO – While many students dream of someday going to college, a local organization is helping to make that a reality.

Café College opened its doors in September 2010, and to date, has helped about 22,000 people go to college.

Eyra Perez, executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership, which manages Café College, says the goal is to increase the number of students headed to higher education.

"Café College is a one-stop center where students and families can receive assistance with any process of the college admissions," said Perez. "That includes admission, financial aid, transfer, courses, test prep, anything that they need to get them on the road and get them into college, and then get them graduated from college."

For prospective students like Jessica Resendiz, 19, the program has proven to be beneficial.

"I'm pregnant right now, but I'm due in July, so I'm trying to get into the fall semester," said Resendiz, who is hoping to attend a local university and study law enforcement. "Hopefully I can. They are doing everything they can to help me, so, yeah, hopefully everything goes good for me."

Café College is entirely free, and was recently renamed the "Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal Café College."

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