Fernandez named coordinator of Latino College Access Coalition


@T_Basic:Solanchi Fernandez of Cranston was recently named Coordinator of the Latino College Access Coalition. The Coalition is a free service of the College Planning Center with a mission of educating, informing, and assisting Latinos of all ages and backgrounds to access and succeed in higher education.

Prior to joining the CPC, Fernandez was a senior advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Office of Bryant University. While there she worked with various student populations to develop educational strategies to ensure completion of degree requirements. She had a particular focus on campus-wide outreach initiatives to address the various needs of the school’s growing and diverse student population. Prior to working at Bryant, Fernandez served for 10 years as a counselor at the Community College of Rhode Island.

As Coordinator of the CPC’s Latino College Access Coalition, she will be charged with creating partnerships with community organizations. The partnerships will allow Latino students and parents to access the CPC’s free college planning, financial aid, and financial literacy services.

Fernandez received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Rhode Island College, and a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island. She holds a certificate in Business Management from Bryant University, and is aligned with a number of community organizations, including Quisqueya in Action, Girl Scouts of America, and Latino Dollars for Scholars.

The College Planning Center of Rhode Island is a free service of the non-profit Rhode Island Student Loan Authority. The Center provides free in-person assistance on college selection, applications, financial aid, financial literacy and more. The CPC has offices in Warwick, Bristol, Cumberland, and Providence. For more information, visit: www.CollegePlanningCenter.org.


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