2016 Sessions:


Session I - 10:30-11:15

Careers in Demand: Hot Jobs in Nebraska – Diamond 1
Ryan Foor, Department of Education
Thinking about what you will do after high school?  Not sure if you want to go to college?  Check out the high skill, high wage, and high demand jobs in Nebraska; not all of them require a four-year degree!

The Power of Youth (Repeated) – Diamond 2
Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Coming straight from the pages of his book, the Power of Youth, this session will teach participants that we are all leaders, we have the power to change, but we don’t change alone. Come laugh, have fun and learn strategies, skills and tactics that will ensure that you leverage the power you have to change your world.

Takin’ Care of Business one BYTE at a Time – Diamond 3

Jacqui Garrison, Nebraska Department of Education
From social media campaigns to programming the next rocket going to Mars, come learn how you too can be the next Superstar!  Come join me in a fast paced tour through the expanding world of Technology careers.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees and College Costs Money (Repeated) – Diamond 6
RJ Vega and Luis Sotelo – EducationQuest Foundation
We are here to help prepare you to pay for college. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, join us to learn about the types of financial aid resources available to you (scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans). Beyond knowing your sources of funding, we will show you tips on how to win scholarships.

The University of Nebraska: Scholarships, Programs, and Opportunities – Diamond 7
Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins – University of Nebraska (Moderator)
Raymond Ramirez – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Francisco Padilla – University of Nebraska – Kearney
Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado – University of Nebraska – Omaha
Jennifer Escher – University of Nebraska Medical Center

The University of Nebraska offers many student opportunities on its campuses in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney as well as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Scholarships and support services to help students access and succeed in college will be highlighted.  Hear about more than 20 diverse opportunities including, UNL’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNMC’s Rural Health Opportunities Program, UNK’s First Year Experience and Transition Programs, and UNO’s Outcomes for Latinos in Higher Education. 

Youth Panel (Repeated) – Diamond 8
Oscar Pohirieth – LPS (Facilitator)

Jimena Guerrero, Odwuar Quinonez, Ruth Palma, Luis Olivas, Gabriela Lopez, and Leslie Garcia - University of Nebraska-Kearney
Each year, one of the most popular sessions at the Summit is the youth panel with college students.  The students share their stories including their pathways to success and obstacles they overcame to become college students.  Those participating in the panel this year are all students attending the University of Nebraska – Kearney: Jimena Guerrero from Wood River, Odwuar Quinonez from Lexington, Ruth Palma from Grand Island, Luis Olivas transferring from CCC in Columbus, Gabriela Lopez from Crete and Leslie Garcia from Lexington. The panelists will answer questions for the audience and serve as a resource to other Hispanic/Latino students and school staff.



Session II: 11:30-12:15

From Immigrants to Professionals – Diamond 1
Gladys Godinez Cox, Carlos Godinez, and Cesar Godinez, Mr. and Mrs. Godinez
The Godinez family immigrated from Guatemala to Lexington, Nebraska with five young children. Today, the now grown children will share their story of how they went from newly arrived immigrants learning about their new home to being the first in their family to go to college and now having successful businesses. Their parents will share their struggles and how they overcame them, and how they supported their children to become who they are today. They will tell you how you can organize and form your own support system and overcome adversity to achieve your dreams just like they did.

The Power of Youth (Repeated) – Diamond 2
Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Coming straight from the pages of his book, the Power of Youth, this session will teach participants that we are all leaders, we have the power to change, but we don’t change alone. Come laugh, have fun and learn strategies, skills and tactics that will ensure that you leverage the power you have to change your world.

The Allied Health Professions – Diamond 3
Janice Tomkins, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Not everyone involved in the health care of a patient is a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Come to learn more about other professions that contribute to the care of a patient. Learn how they aid in the diagnosis of a patient’s illness and the treatment of that illness, the skill sets needed to practice in these professions, the settings in which they perform their duties, how they interact with each patient and what the job opportunities and outlooks are for these professions.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees and College Costs Money (Repeated) – Diamond 6
RJ Vega and Luis Sotelo – EducationQuest Foundation
We are here to help prepare you to pay for college. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, join us to learn about the types of financial aid resources available to you (scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans). Beyond knowing your sources of funding, we will show you tips on how to win scholarships.

Three Colleges – Thousands of Opportunities: Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State Colleges – Diamond 7
Dr. Korinne Tande – Nebraska State College System
Cindy Cammack – Peru State College

What do a former governor, current and former NFL players, an astronomer, a Nobel Prize recipient, and the Past Poet Laureate of Nebraska have in common? They have all earned a college degree from one of the Nebraska State Colleges. Come hear how Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State College are COLLEGES OF OPPORTUNITY. With the lowest cost of attendance of four-year institutions in Nebraska, the State Colleges can have you taking trips to Greece, Costa Rica, Ecuador and beyond. Please join us for our session to learn how you can enroll and be a part of the great things taking place at Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges.

Youth Panel (Repeated) – Diamond 8
Oscar Pohirieth – LPS (Facilitator)

Jimena Guerrero, Odwuar Quinonez, Ruth Palma, Luis Olivas, Gabriela Lopez, and Leslie Garcia - University of Nebraska-Kearney
Each year, one of the most popular sessions at the Summit is the youth panel with college students.  The students share their stories including their pathways to success and obstacles they overcame to become college students.  Those participating in the panel this year are all students attending the University of Nebraska – Kearney: Jimena Guerrero from Wood River, Odwuar Quinonez from Lexington, Ruth Palma from Grand Island, Luis Olivas transferring from CCC in Columbus, Gabriela Lopez from Crete and Leslie Garcia from Lexington. The panelists will answer questions for the audience and serve as a resource to other Hispanic/Latino students and school staff.


Session III: 1:15-2:00

Careers in the Media: Become a Journalist/Reportero – Diamond 1
Jasel Cantu – Latino American Commission
Students will meet and speak with three bilingual Latinas in the journalism/media field on televised news in Omaha and Grand Island, and in magazines. The journalists will share their real life experiences along with stories and content they have created. Carmen, Maya and Rita will also share advice about the skills and education you need to work in the media, how to become storytellers and share the many careers you can find in the media

Get in Gear – Diamond 2
Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Many students desire a college degree after high school. The problem is overcoming the negative messages that feed students’ doubt and low self-esteem and replace it with a sense of hope.  That's where purpose comes in.  Purpose gives life meaning and understanding your 'why'; your purpose for going to college will help you get in gear. 

Be the Change!  Careers in Education – Diamond 3
Michelle Suarez - Lincoln Public Schools
Ruben Cano – Omaha Public Schools
Dora Olivares – Gering Public Schools

This bilingual presentation is by educators who advanced to become the first Latino/a principals at their schools.  They will share their stories and how to follow their path. Learn about the various jobs within elementary, middle school and high school educational fields, and opportunities to help you reach your goal. Careers in education are in demand nationwide. Come explore career paths teaching, counseling, administration and more.

A Story of Going Off the Beaten Path – Diamond 6
Ross Pesek – Pesek Law
I’m excited to tell you about the choices I made which led to attending college for free, my struggle to find the law firm that would fit the work I wanted to do, and why believing in yourself is a key factor to achieve personal happiness.

Community College – Diamond 7
Dr. Amanda Baron - Southeast Community College
In this session you will hear from representatives of Southeast Community College about what they have to offer at their facility and what it takes to get in.  Come learn about the great opportunities Nebraska Community Colleges have to offer!

Youth Panel (Repeated) – Diamond 8
Oscar Pohirieth – LPS (Facilitator)
Jimena Guerrero, Odwuar Quinonez, Ruth Palma, Luis Olivas, Gabriela Lopez, and Leslie Garcia - University of Nebraska-Kearney
Each year, one of the most popular sessions at the Summit is the youth panel with college students.  The students share their stories including their pathways to success and obstacles they overcame to become college students.  Those participating in the panel this year are all students attending the University of Nebraska – Kearney: Jimena Guerrero from Wood River, Odwuar Quinonez from Lexington, Ruth Palma from Grand Island, Luis Olivas transferring from CCC in Columbus, Gabriela Lopez from Crete and Leslie Garcia from Lexington. The panelists will answer questions for the audience and serve as a resource to other Hispanic/Latino students and school staff.


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