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Linfield financial aid director offers keynote at Latino conference

Gerardo Ochoa, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Linfield’s School of NursingGerardo Ochoa, associate director of financial aid at Linfield’s School of Nursing, offered the keynote speech to Latino high schoolers at the Ninth Annual Education Conference in Portland.

The conference was organized by the Portland State University M.E.Ch.A. organization, which hopes to inspire young Latino students to attend college.

Ochoa is from Zamora, in the Mexican state of Michoacán. He works with Oregon high schools, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities to help give underrepresented youth, especially Latinos, the tools to attend college. He is a contributing author to Path to Scholarships.

Ochoa serves students at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, a transfer-only program located on the Portland Campus in vibrant Northwest Portland. Students apply to the nursing program after completing pre-requisites at Linfield’s McMinnville Campus, other 4-year colleges and universities, or community colleges.

Linfield nursing students experience an integrated community-focused curriculum that combines clinical nursing experience balanced with courses in the humanities, laboratory sciences and social and behavioral sciences.