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Diplomás promotes Latino college attainment

Diplomás promotes Latino college attainment

Local initiative sets to boost Latino college enrollment and degree attainment.

Mayor Julián Castro’s community visioning process known as SA2020 outlines what we need to do in order to transform San Antonio into a world-class city where people want to come and live, study, and learn. His vision calls for eleven key areas to make this goal possible—one of them being education.

After analyzing educational data, it became evident that the attainment of Latino students became a significant issue that needs to be addressed in order to align with SA2020 goals. Out of these findings emerged an opportunity from the Lumina Foundation, a national financial supporter of post-secondary Latino students’ attainment efforts, which provided a grant to promote Latino college attainment in San Antonio. This multi-year grant and effort became known as The Diplomas Project, a unique project which brings together 16 organizations from several sectors throughout San Antonio to identify strategies that support Latino student attainment and eventually prepare them for the workforce in San Antonio.

The Diplomás Project Director Maria Fernandez explains that the project has identified several barriers to Latino student attainment including financial aid. In order to dismantle such barriers, stakeholders need to take a holistic approach and not just focus on one area or institution. It’s essential that students, families, educational institutions, businesses, government, and non-profit agencies work together to create a clear, attainable, and supportive pathway to a college degree.

Fernandez explains that in the long-term, a thriving workforce is dependent on having an educated workforce which in turn relies on the success of Latino students.

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Submitted by: Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Ambassador

Photo Courtesy: Northwest Vista College