Lourdes Juárez is proud of her academic qualifications — she has a master's degree in nursing from University of California, San Francisco and works as a pediatric nurse-practitioner.
But the asset she is proudest of is her parents.
On Saturday, Juárez addressed a parent workshop at the Excellence in Education conference for parents hosted by the Imperial County Post Secondary Consortium of Higher Education and the University of California Office of the President.
The conference, at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus in Calexico attracted a large crowd of parents, some accompanied by young children, all eager to learn exactly what was involved in sending a child to college.
Standing before a group of some 20 parents, Juárez spoke passionately of the need for parents to encourage their children to go to college.