By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis joined business and community leaders Wednesday in the Principal for the Day program in the Bassett, Rowland and Hacienda La Puente school districts.
“My home is actually about 10 minutes from here, where my mother still lives,” Solis said. “I’m a proud (La Puente High) Warrior,”
Growing up, Solis never expected to have the opportunities she has had.
“All I can tell you is that at a tender age I was once told not to dream, not to dream too big, to go along, get along,” Solis said. “Maybe just be a secretary … but I never thought I would receive a call from the White House to become the Secretary of Labor.”
She credited local schools with giving her a good start.
“There were people in the school system that helped to direct me, to motivate me but also to give me the inspiration to go on,” Solis said.
After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Solis earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC. Solis worked for President Jimmy Carter in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs. Later, she became a management analyst in the Civil Rights Division.
“I know there are students we are honoring here,” Solis said. “Follow your dreams, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be or do what you want to do, because I know you can.”
Ten high school and two adult education students received scholarships for their outstanding achievements.
Solis called adult education and Regional Occupational Programs very important to the economy.
“It’s about the economic development, about education and continuing to open up a career path for all of us,” Solis said.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story PRINCIPAL