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Latinos Need 5.5 Million More College Degrees by 2020 to Get U.S. Back

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Latinos must earn an additional 5.5 million college degrees for America to regain world leadership in college degrees by 2020, according to a new report.

The report, from Excelencia in Education and the United Negro College Fund, examines Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) alongside historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to bring attention to minority student access.

While HBCUs and HSIs only represent 20% of all U.S. institutions, they educate nearly half of all black and Latino students, according to the brief.

“The combined growth of Latinos and blacks in our population, and in higher education overall, requires more intentional focus on institutions that serve them,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.

A few key points of comparison between HSIs and HBCUs include:

  • 60% of undergraduate students at HSIs and HBCUs are Hispanic or black.
  • In 2012-2013, half of HBCUs (50%) and most HSIs (68%) were public institutions.

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Latino Entrepreneurs Visit Hartford Schools To Inspire Students

Leticia Colon de Mejias (r) is one of six Latino entrepreneurs who are participating in the Ct Inovadores project

Leticia Colon de Mejias (r) is one of five Latino entrepreneurs who are participating in the “La Fuerza Innovadora” project

Leticia Colon de Mejias gave a swift rundown of her life in the Bulkeley High School auditorium Thursday.

“I’m a mother of six children, I own four companies, last year I made over a million dollars and I’m under 40 years old,” said Colon, who founded Energy Efficiencies Solutions, a Windsor energy conservation firm, four years ago with a $25,000 loan.

The longer version? It involved seeing every job as an opportunity, researching ideas and being ready for anything, she told students. “None of the doors will open until you start asking the questions,” she said.

Colon came to Bulkeley as one of the faces of “La Fuerza Innovadora,” or “the Innovative Force,” a state-backed media campaign highlighting Latino entrepreneurship in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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First Time – Minority Children Majority in Public Schools

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Bill Sarno

Driven by the steady growth of a young Hispanic population, American public education this fall passed a significant milestone, one that has heightened some educators’ concern about the equity and effectiveness of the public school system.

The number of Latino, African American and Asian students in grades k-12 for the first time exceeds the non-Hispanic white population, according to data from the National Center for Education Studies.

Moreover, the current nonwhite percentage of 50.2 percent is projected to grown to nearly 55 percent in a decade. The Latino enrollment, currently 25.8 percent of the total, is growing 300,000 to 400,000 a year, according to NCES.

In Connecticut, white students are still the majority, nearly 60 percent. However, this could change not far down the road. Although Hispanics, about 14.7 percent, comprise a smaller percentage of the  population overall than on the national level, 17.1 percent,  the median …

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