From ACCESS to Harvard: A Longmont student’s story of success

Born in a rural town in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Quiroz Yañez, moved to Longmont as a nine year old with his mother and two siblings.

What started as a long, winding road for an English learner in the public school system, turned into a story of success. At 19, he has now been accepted into Harvard University, where he will spend the next four years.

“Oftentimes children can feel that pressure from their families and think ‘oh my god, they did all this for me,’” said Louise March, P-TECH counselor at Skyline High School.. “Yet he was able to somehow really balance that and instead of having pressure, he turned it into gratitude.”