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Heritage Student Encourages Everyone to Go to College

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TOPPENISH, Wash. - Many of the students at Heritage University are facing much bigger challenges than simply finding their classes on the first day.

When Jorge Soto decided he wanted to go to Heritage University, his family didn't react the way you might expect.  "My parents didn't understand the importance of an education."  he says.

His mother wasn't excited, in fact, she had other plans for him.  "Go straight out of high school and start a job." he adds.

Jorge is the first in his family to pursue higher education.  He comes from a line of migrant field workers, and he has a single mother and younger siblings in Toppenish who need his help.

Along with a job, he found the support he needed at Heritage, and other students in the same situation.  Jorge got a scholarship and financial aid; Heritage representatives even helped convince his mother that he was making the right choice. 

Now, he hopes to set an example for his brothers and sisters.  "Whether you're a migrant worker, or you spent your whole life in the fields...I think everyone can go to college.  It's something that is possible."