Latino graduates: Let’s make sure they are not just numbers

In this month of May, with much joy and excitement we share the graduations from University of relatives and friends. In Connecticut, there are more and more Hispanic surnames popping up in the graduations at Community Colleges and Universities, although, in Hartford we hear more of a high dropout rate of students at the high school level.

The answer to this contradiction is understood by the number of immigrants who continue to arrive in our State and the many families who struggle and do the impossible so that their children can pursue a higher education. There are also the alliances that high schools make with the Universities, so that students can already begin to take credit courses even before they set foot in any of the colleges.

We cannot forget that in recent years, the law that allows undocumented students to pay the same as everyone else came into effect and they managed to make funds for scholarships to be used by these students.

In this panorama and having today a coordination of the State Universities and a variety of Community Colleges through the CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities), which is directed by a Board of Regents, they outline the plans for higher education in the 17 centers of studies that integrate it and that combined graduate more than 15,000 students annually.

At this stage of the student's life, it is good to advise them so that they make the best decisions and they continue studying and achieve more degrees, masters and doctorates; as long as the economic situation allows them. This will give you greater independence and greater possibilities for progress.

The other part of the education, one that is not obtained in the Universities, is the one that they receive in their homes and in the environment where they are raised, conserving the culture of their families of origin, starting with the language, in this case Spanish, and the positive customs and values ​​that are transmitted from generation to generation. This is very important for when they occupy positions of power and have the opportunity to help their communities of origin, do so.

That is why when we see so many Latino students parading to receive their diplomas, their recognitions, their degrees to achieve their dreams and through them that of their families, we think that the future of Latinos in this country is in their hands. These are difficult times, with constant signs of racism and intolerance, and one of the most effective and sure ways to confront this hatred is precisely with a prepared community that does not lose its identity.

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