May 5, 2013 5:42 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX - Arizona State University is offering a 10-week pilot program that includes workshops covering everything from applying to college to financial aid.
The Future Sun Devil Families program is open to the families of all high-school students, but it's aimed at minorities.
For many first-generation, college-bound students, programs like these can be the difference between wanting to go to college and actually making it there.
The Arizona Republic says such programs aim to minimize the role ethnicity, income or language barriers play on college-acceptance rates.
Future Sun Devil Families officially launches in the fall but began its pilot this school year targeting parents at five schools in the Tolleson Union High School District.
Since its inception, it's grown from 400 to 700 parents and students.