The initiative, Graham said, is to facilitate entrance into college for Hispanic students. Ivy Tech-Logansport’s higher amount of English language learners is encouraging, she said.
“This is very important because kids who just came from another country need to see we care and want to help,” Banuelos said. “I want to see the partnership grow and have a feeling it will improve. I have high hopes for this year.”
They are working to help students learn the steps and answer any questions.
“I think the desire is there for students to do post-secondary school, they just don’t know all the ins and outs,” Graham said. “We are supporting them even after they graduate.”
Banuelos said parents are usually comforted to understand there are people who care and will help out with the process.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for parents and the community,” Banuelos. “It’s great for kids to see that’s it’s not as hard as they think to go to college.”
Parents should know even if students don’t choose Ivy Tech, the point is to let them know college is accessible.
“We’re here to help them no matter where the post-secondary education is,” Graham said. “We want them to see they have options hnd have some kind of solid goal.”
The next step is to work with Ivy Tech to develop some English language classes for students who speak English as a second language, Graham said.
“That is where we want to head in the future,” Graham said. “We’ve gotten more kids on campus. They see how close it is to home and feel it’s more attainable.”
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com.