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September 25, 2013

'Bienvenidos' partnership spurs college enrollment

Ivy Tech, LHS keep encouraging Hispanic students to go to college

Enrollment numbers of Hispanic students at Ivy Tech-Logansport have increased since a partnership between Logansport High School and Ivy Tech-Logansport began last year.

The partnership, “Bienvenidos al colegio Ivy Tech,” encourages Hispanic students to attend college.

Emily Graham, assistant director at Century Career Center and English language learner coordinator for the Logansport Community School Corporation, recently took students in high school and eighth grade to a Hispanic Heritage event at Ivy Tech’s Logansport in order to let students experience the campus.

The original issue, Graham said, was Ivy Tech-Logansport didn’t have a large population of English language learners.

While 27 percent of the LHS students described themselves as Hispanic during the previous school year, just 4 percent of students at Logansport’s Ivy Tech did. This year the proportion of Ivy Tech-Logasnport students describing themselves as Hispanic has increased to 7 percent.

“The partnership is working, but we still have more work to do,” Graham said.

Elisa Banuelos, an English language liaison for Logansport Community School Corporation, informs parents and students of the partnership.

This year, the focus is to find students interested in a similar career and bring teachers from Ivy Tech to discuss the classes available that would need to be taken for the specific major, Banuelos said. Students will meet and hear from a instructor who teaches at Ivy Tech in a class the students might be interested in.

Diana Kerrigan, an Ivy Tech-Logansport representative, plans to visit the school twice a month during Felix period, a Wednesday period similar to homeroom, Graham said. Instructors will also come to the schools to make it easier for the students, Banuelos said.

“There are so many aspects and sometimes students get overwhelmed,” Graham said. “However, if a person is coming into the school, they know there is someone to answer questions.”

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