Educación, un Mundo de Oportunidades Education, a World of Opportunities
Filiberto Bencomo, the 2013 keynote speaker, is a descendant from a migrant working family and is the first of his family to earn a master’s degree. Bencomo was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. when he was 14. He has been involved in the Rogue Valley community for many years, addressing issues from childhood obesity to migrant student rights.
Bencomo earned a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education and the Outstanding Senior Award from Southern Oregon University. He earned a Master of Business Administration also from SOU. He has worked for the Southern Oregon Education Service District, Rogue Valley YMCA, and Rogue Community College. He now works for a global pharmaceutical company where he, again, focuses on obesity issues such as diabetes.
He has volunteered as a migrant high school student mentor in the Hispanic Academic Outreach program and as a fitness and bodybuilding coach for several years.
Educación, un Mundo de Oportunidades (EMO) is a nonprofit one day educational conference that provides relevant information about post-secondary education and training opportunities. This conference is primarily held for Hispanic high school juniors and seniors from Jackson County and is now expanding to reach to more students in Josephine County.
This conference begins with speeches from Student, Community and Keynote speakers to help motivate and inform the students of ways to overcome current obstacles in college and challenges in the future. A Student Speaker opens the conference to tell high school students the ups and downs of life as a college student. The Student Speaker also lets the students know of the accessibility of college to everyone and the exposure to other cultures, as well as giving his/her perspective of college. We then have a Community speaker from the local area to talk about struggles, triumphs, opportunities and experiences they’ve learned from in life. The last speaker is the Keynote speaker who will motivate, inform and share his/her outlook in life and the role of importance that education has had in his/her life. The Keynote Speaker is usually someone who has gone through the rigors of life and overcame them and will also share a great deal of their life experiences in hopes to inspire the audience.
The high school students are then directed to workshops where they are provided with necessary and helpful information about how to get into college, how to apply for financial aid and scholarships, career options, training opportunities, and to learn about RCC’s Student Life & Leadership programs and other RCC services. This event also presents interactive demonstrations about some fields a student may be interested in, such as law enforcement, electronics technology and medicine to name a few.