Hispanics must look beyond two-year colleges

More Hispanic students should start at four-year colleges, which have higher graduation rates than community colleges, writes Mariela Dabbah, CEO of Latinosincollege.com.

Hispanic college enrollment increased by 24 percent from 2009 to 2010. Yet most Hispanic students start at community colleges and never complete a degree.

Too often, Hispanic students are “steered toward two-year schools irrespective of their academic profile, their career goals, and the support of their families to study away from home,” Dabbah charges.

Community colleges are a great option for a lot of students, and in times of economic difficulties and soaring tuition costs, they can be a good way to afford education.

But what I’d like is for these colleges to be presented as an option by guidance counselors, educators and leaders – not as the only alternative for Latinos.

Here’s Dabbah’s video explanation of the differences between going to a community college and a four-year college or university.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON October 13, 2011

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