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October 26, 2010
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Alfredo Padilla; 1-310-578-4343
The National Hispanic University hosts NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez
Hernández will speak to college and Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) High School students

San José, Calif. - October 26, 2010- José Hernández, an engineer and NASA astronaut, will speak to students at The National Hispanic University (NHU) on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. His motivational presentation, “Journey to the Stars,” will discuss the importance of staying in school and obtaining an education. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The event, which is open to the media, will be held at the NHU/LCPA Campus Auditorium.

“Our goal at NHU is to encourage our students to think big,” said Dr. Juan Nechochea, provost of NHU. “There is an entire segment of Latinos who are seeking career opportunities associated with math and science. This exciting visit will demonstrate that there are endless career possibilities to be gained by earning a college education."

The son of Mexican immigrants, Hernández was born in French Camp Calif. He grew up working in the farm fields of Southern California. In August 2009, Hernández served as a mission specialist with the STS-128 crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery. During their 14-day mission on the International Space Station, the crew traveled more than 5.7 million miles.

“I am excited about the teaching and learning that will take place when astronaut Hernandez speaks to our students,” said Dr. Anthony Monreal, principal of LCPA. “We are thankful for this learning experience and NASA’s support.”

Hernández earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

About The National Hispanic University

The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), http://www.wascsenior.org. More than 500 students attend NHU. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.

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