Push is on to close college gap for California's Latinos

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As a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, Cipriano Vargas' grades were so low, his part-time job waiting tables so consuming and his home life with eight siblings so chaotic that he was on the verge of dropping out.

The first-generation college student and son of parents with an elementary school education struggled to maintain a 1.9 grade point average.

His experience mirrors that of millions of other Latino students who are attending colleges and universities in record numbers but who face vast obstacles on the road to graduation.

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