Experts say Hispanic students need more cultural lessons, college options to succeed
September 21, 2011
WIND POINT – Something must be done about the low educational outcomes of Hispanics, experts said Tuesday at a local conference on the subject.
Only 12.7 percent of the about 51 million Hispanics in the U.S. are college graduates, the experts said.
They didn’t provide a specific blueprint for raising that percentage but they did offer several ideas to start making changes for today’s Hispanic students in Racine County and elsewhere. They suggested more college options for Hispanics, more classes that incorporate Hispanic culture and more community collaboration, among other ideas.
“It’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel but a matter of looking at things and saying, ‘What can we do differently?’ ” said conference speaker Arturo Martinez, a Horlick High School graduate and the associate dean of pre-college and bilingual education at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Martinez spoke with two others during the conference on strategies to improve educational outcomes for Hispanics. The conference, held at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, 33 E. 4 Mile Road, was attended by about 60 educators and community members.