KSU and BCTC to Hold Hispanic/Latino Summit and College Fair Release submitted by Felicia Lewis, KSU

Frankfort, KY (November 21, 2006) The Kentucky State University Hispanic/Latino Initiative and Bluegrass Community and Technical College Hispanic Outreach and Services will jointly host the second annual Access and Opportunity Summit and Latino Student College Fair on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Kentucky State University.

The two-day event begins with the college fair, running from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the William Exum Center. It is free and open to the public. The goal is to allow Hispanic students to see what higher education opportunities are available to them.

Throughout the day, in addition to speaking with college and university representatives, students can attend sessions on financial aid, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and planning for college academically. They also can hear the stories of successful Latinos.

The conference, Exploring Educational Access and Community Development Opportunities for the Latino Community, is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Cooperative Extension Building. The day kicks off with registration, a welcome and a presentation from KSU Land Grant director Dr. Harold Benson about the role of land grant universities.

Participants then will attend lectures about a variety of topics, including recruitment and retention of Latino students, student access and success in higher education, transfer and articulation agreements among schools, community and leadership development opportunities and the difference between Mexican and American education systems and social agencies.

Cost of the conference is $35.

For more information about the weekend, call Nancy Calix at KSU at 597-5233 or Erin Howard at BCTC at (859) 246-6436.