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Libbey’s Laticia Villarreal aided by FLOC for UT’s EXCEL Program

By Rico Neller de La Prensa

On May 16, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) awarded $250 to Laticia Villarreal, a junior at Libbey High School in south Toledo , to enable her to attend this July’s TOLEDO EXCEL Program in Africa . This was in addition to over $1,000 raised by Libbey.

La Prensa also contributed to the cause.

Ms. Villarreal has been active in band auxiliary, student government, has a GPA of 3.2, and was recently inducted into the National Honors Society. She wants to attend UT and major in International Business.  

In collaboration with the University of Ghana in Accra and OI, Inc., the University of Toledo will be exchanging approximately twenty area high school students for ethnographic field study in South Africa , Lesotho , and other parts of Africa , for a three week period, at a cost of approximately $3,500 per student.  

The University of Toledo’s TOLEDO EXCEL program is “designed to stimulate academic success, self-confidence, and growth in high school students from ethnic and socioeconomic groups underrepresented in institutions of higher education,” according to Dr. Helen C. Cooks, Assistant Vice President for EXCEL.

Villarreal looks forward to this unique travel-abroad study and is still seeking funds to cover the entire venture. Anyone interested in contributing should contact Dr. Cooks at UT’s Office of EXCELlence Programs, at 419-530-3820.







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