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Parents Completing PIQE Program Honored by Chancellor Reed

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Parent receives PIQE certificate of completion from CSU Chancellor Reed.

Parents who completed the training program of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) at Cabrillo High School were honored by CSU officials on April 19. 

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, CSU Vice Chancellor Garrett Ashley, CSU Senior Director of External Relations Jorge Haynes and Cabrillo High School Principal Alejandro Vega handed out completion certificates to 79 parents who completed the nine-week training program.

"I am here to congratulate you and to tell you that we await your sons and daughters at one of our 23 campuses as they realize your dreams and your hope for a better future for your children," said Chancellor Reed.

Parents Lilia Ibarra, Rogelio Jimenez, Maria Reyes, Nieves Caranto and Guadalupe Munoz spoke to an audience of more than 150 who were gathered at the Cabrillo High School auditorium.

The PIQE program prepares parents to become active participants in their children’s education. Program participants learn how to maintain relationships with school officials, how to create a home environment conducive to student learning, and how to apply for student financial aid. They also learn about the classes and tests students need to be eligible for college.

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Graduate Rogelio Jimenez speaks about his PIQE experience. To the right is PIQE executive director Maria Elena Meraz who chaired the ceremony.

When PIQE Director Maria Elena Meraz prompted parents to recite some key concepts they had learned during the training, parents responded in unison: The key tests are the SAT and ACT. The key application form for financial aid is the FAFSA. And the key classes are the A-G curriculum.

Research shows that students whose parents attended PIQE had considerably higher rates of completion of the math and English A-G courses required for university admission. In addition, sophomores and juniors whose parents attended PIQE also had higher school attendance.

The Cabrillo High ceremony will be repeated 115 times throughout public schools in California. The CSU partners with PIQE to prepare parents whose children attend public schools served by the 23 CSU campuses. During the five-year partnership, more than 40,000 parents have graduated from  the PIQE program.

PIQE is a program of the CSU Office of External Relations. Visit the External Relations website for more information on programs that serve diverse communities across the state.

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