Edúcate - Sí Se Puede


Edúcate- Sí Se Puede is an inspirational conference for Latino and Latina High School students in San Luis Obispo County. This conference will motivate students to be successful in college, help students identify career goals and coach students on how to achieve their goals. 

Friday, March 18, 2016 • 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Campus, 5401


Keynote Speaker, Jessica Chaidez Clark, P.E.

Jessica Chaidez-Clark grew up in a small pueblo in the hills of Durango Mexico where basic resources, like electricity, were sparse. During a visit to Culiacan, Sinaloa she noticed how important electricity was to the livelihood of all residents and hoped to one day bring this commodity to the underprivileged in the small pueblo. Due to unfortunate circumstances, her mother took her away from the small village and brought her to the United States, along with her 3 brothers. Once here, her mother moved the family to Bakersfield, CA so she could work as a migrant worker in the fields picking grapes to support her family. Jessica grew up in a low income neighborhood where most children would never consider college.  


College was a strange concept and was not talked about much in the household, but she knew she could get out of the neighborhood and help out others in a greater way. Jessica fought low income discrimination, as well as english as a second language class during her schooling by constantly having to prove to teachers that she can succeed in advanced classes. She always had a drive to succeed, and she did not allow others to define her success. Jessica’s high school years were rough, as there were a lot of personal problems in her household. She decided to leave her mom’s house at the age of 16, get a job, and move in with her best friend’s family so she could concentrate on her education. Her dream of being an engineer was again a possibility.


Jessica worked very hard junior and senior year to raise her GPA and prove that her past adversity did not define her future success. She got accepted into the Electrical Engineering program, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and graduated in the top 1% of her class. She is now a Reliability Engineer for Chevron, and is constantly looking for ways to help out her community and encourage fellow Latina’s that adversity makes you stronger and it does not define your success in life.


Join us for a free lunch and entertainment!

Exciting and informative workshops on specific career paths, how to succeed in college & role model panels!

We are looking forward to your participation!

Once active, you will click on the link below to sign up for the Conference. After you have completed the registration online, fill out the permission slip and return it to your high school counselor to complete the process.

Register Online for High School Students

Register Online for Current Cuesta Students

See your high school counselor or school's conference coordinator and complete your school Permission Slip as soon as possible to save your spot!

Everything must be turned in by Friday, March 4, 2016.
If you have trouble signing-up online, print the registration or imprime forma de registro en Español and turn it in to your counselor.

Please contact Julianne Jackson for immediate questions.