Third Annual Latino Student College Fair Provides Solutions to Unique Challenges

Photo of Students at the Latino Student College FairLEXINGTON, KY (November 12, 2007) Lexington's Cooperative Extension Office opened its doors to over 250 high school students from across the state for the third annual Latino Student College Fair. The event sponsored by Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College (BCTC), Kentucky State University, and the Kentucky Department of Education Division of Educator Quality, included representatives from 20 Kentucky public and private colleges to answer questions and provide information on college admissions, financial aid, and courses of study.

Educational sessions included Student Leadership and the DREAM Act by Roger Rosenthal, Executive Director of Migrant Legal Program and Co-Chair of National Hispanic Education Coalition; Motivation presented by Norman Bristol Colon, Executive Director of Governors Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, Pennsylvania; and Making College Happen by Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach amp; Services Coordinator for BCTC.

The College Fair is extremely important and was created to address the achievement gap of Hispanic students. Studies indicate that only 52% of Hispanic students graduate high school said Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach & Services Coordinator for BCTC. We have found that by helping students explore their future educational and career choices in high school the result is more finish high school move on to college.

The BCTC Office of Multicultural Affairs, through its Hispanic Outreach services strives to provide access to high quality educational opportunities for students, to promote student success during and after their enrollment in college programs, and to create an atmosphere of acceptance and cultural celebration by linking all communities and peoples.