KGO News Radio Highlights Saint Mary's HP Program's 40th
KGO News Radio reported on the 40th anniversary of Saint Mary's High Potential Program. KGO reporter Leslie Brinkley spoke to SMC senior Martin Chavez, about the HP program and about being the first in his household to graduate from college.
Affectionately known as HP, the program began in SMC's 1973-74 academic year, and was designed to prepare low-income students, predominantly African American and Latinos, most of whom were the first in their families to attend college, to succeed at Saint Mary’s. 40 years later, the program has expanded to serve first generation college students from all communities and boasts some of the highest retention rates in the country. Listen to the story.