SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A Barrio Logan business is on a mission to help students become the first in their family to go to college.
Called the Barrio Logan College Institute, the business helps kids learn how to get into college.
The program began in 1996 and helps students from third grade all the way through college. So far, 204 students have participated in the program.
The programs offered are free, but parents are required to donate their time.
The business began out of the need to help students in underserved communities.
According to the institute, only three percent of adults age 25 and older in Barrio Logan have a bachelor’s degree.
The institute also says only 38 percent of those 25 and older in the community have a high school diploma.
Through the institute, many students have been able to go on to attend college.
88 percent of students who have gone through the Barrio Logan College Institute’s College Success Program remain in college working toward a degree.
For now, the institute is focused on moving to a new location within the Barrio Logan Community, so far raising $1.1 million of the needed $3.5 million to buy the building.
Click here to learn more about the school or to donate.
Tomorrow morning on 10News at 6, Jared Aarons takes a look at the impact of the program and the need for a move to a new location.