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Wells Fargo Donates Tablets to TRIO Programs

By Brian Hiro

Wells Fargo believes in education, and the company demonstrated this commitment during a recent visit to Cal State San Marcos.

Two representatives from Wells Fargo were on campus April 11 to donate eight Kindle Fire tablets to Cal State San Marcos' TRIO Upward Bound and Talent Search programs. The tablets were presented by Joe Mishriki, region bank president, and Xiomara Arroyo, assistant vice president for community relations in the West Region. The devices will be used by students in grades 9-12 in Upward Bound (Escondido Union High School District) and Talent Search (Oceanside Unified School District).

"We understand the need for access to technology in our schools and nonprofits," Arroyo said. "Our donation of these tablets was motivated by our passion for higher education and empowering our youth with the tools needed to succeed in this fast-paced and advancing world of technology."

The donation was especially meaningful to Arroyo, a Cal State San Marcos graduate from the College of Business Administration.

"The campus has transformed into a fast-growing center for excellence and education in North County," she said. "Being on campus brought back so many memories of the colleagues and instructors who have influenced the leader that I am today. Being on campus also reminded me of how important it is to give our time, talents and treasures back, when possible, to those who are coming up after us."

Upward Bound and Talent Search are federally funded TRIO grant programs through the U.S. Department of Education. Designed to help high school students graduate and attend the college of their choice, they serve low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound is for students from Escondido and Orange Glen high schools. Talent Search is for students from Oceanside and El Camino high schools.

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