Cal Poly president agrees to help Haitian student

February 26, 2010

Warren Baker

California Polytechnic State University President Warren Baker agreed on Friday to give in-state tuition to a Haitian born student who was slated to return to his native country without his civil engineering degree because he was unable to pay for Spring Quarter tuition.

Alcenat Honorat was sponsored into this country by a San Luis Obispo family four years ago. The family covered Honorat’s college fees while he attended Cuesta College and then Cal Poly, but the steep out-of-state tuition at Poly had left the family unable to support Honorat further.

CalCoastNews first broke the news of Cal Poly’s only Haitian student’s troubles on Feb. 24. At that time, officials from the president’s office had said they were unable to help the student.

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CalCoast News has once again provided a public service by spotlighting a situation that other newspapers in this county would never have discovered. The Trib no longer has true investigative journalists. I still can’t believe they carried a news story about a teacher in North Carolina who was suspended for inappropriate Facebook posts yet has never printed a word about the superintendent of the San Miguel School District and former principal of Templeton Middle School being investigated and ultimately replaced. The TRIB is so far gone it’s pathetic.