Pirates to Raiders


Hispanic students in the Phoenix-Talent School District, in partnership with their own families, the school district, and the university, will begin a journey in the fall of their 8th grade year that, when successfully completed, will lead to admission to Southern Oregon University and the opportunities provided by a university education.

As the Hispanic population in the school district continues to grow, it is our responsibility to provide educational opportunities beyond high school for those students. A partnership of students, their families, the school district, and the university will help to ensure a strong and viable future for both the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon. This partnership will leverage resources to prepare students for college-level course work, as well as provide assistance and mentoring through application and financial aid processes.

All Phoenix High School students who successfully complete the Pirates to Raiders program will be offered admission to SOU and will have an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree. Starting in 8th grade and continuing through their senior year of high school, students and families will be offered active assistance by Phoenix-Talent School District and Southern Oregon University in the following areas:

- Learning about college opportunities and the value of a university education

- Planning visits to the Southern Oregon University campus

- Learning about, taking, and completing college preparatory courses

- Preparing for college

- Applying for college admission

- Learning about and applying for college financial aid opportunities

- Applying for university financial aid

If you have questions about the Pirates to Raiders program, please visit their website, or contact:

Jonathan Chavez Baez
Coordinator for Minority Outreach Programs, Southern Oregon University


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