Since 2010, Ford Driving Dreams Grants has invested more than $1.3 million and impacted more than 1,750 students and 66 Councils across the country and Puerto Rico. For the ninth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company Fund and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have selected ten LULAC councils to receive high school drop-out prevention program grants. El Puente has partnered with one of those ten councils, LULAC #340, as well as Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Council #340, MATC, and El Puente High School share a vision. They provide students with exposure to the use of technology and trades, as well as access to English and math college-level courses. This is encompassed in a high school dropout-prevention program, designed to provide Hispanic high school students with the interventions needed to increase their high school graduation rates. In Milwaukee, this program is essential to help students achieve graduation and a dreamed-off college degree. Together, they hope to increase Hispanic graduation rates and to create a solid pathway for post-secondary education.

Going to MATC is a dream come true, not just for me, but for many students who didn’t believe college was a possibility. Now that I am taking advantage of this opportunity, I am learning so much and see myself going to college after I graduate high school.

Juan P.C.