Despite an increase in student enrollment at
community colleges over the past 10 years, degree completion for Latinos has
not grown as rapidly. The study by Excelencia in Education and Single Stop
USA demonstrates how community colleges across the country are improving
financial aid and student services for Latinos to ensure college retention and
To learn more read, Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future.
Join the WHIEEH and the Department of Health and Human Services for a presentation on the
Affordable Care Act – specifically the Health Insurance Marketplace. Find out:
- How does the Marketplace work?
- Who is eligible to enroll?
- How do programs for people with limited incomes work?
- How can you help enroll others in
Dates: Tuesday July 16 at 3:30
pm, Wednesday July 24 at
2:00 pm (in Spanish), Thursday July 25 at 4:00
Details for the Conference Call on July 16.
- A 12-year study shows that the Latino college
enrollment rate has increased and has surpassed the enrollment rate of
whites by 2 percentage points. Learn more.
- Latinos are now the largest ethnic group in
Texas public schools, surpassing non-Hispanic whites in enrollment for the
first time in history. Learn more.
- The number of Hispanic seniors who took
AP exams increased by 10.4%. Learn more.
“So, please know that you have the right to
dream—and the education and passion to pursue your dreams. But please also
remember that you are links in the chain connecting the past and tomorrow.”
-Secretary Arne Duncan
Read his Patriots of Humanity speech or watch it online here.
As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to increase transparency around the cost of higher education, the Department updated lists on its College Affordability and Transparency Center.
They highlight institutions with the highest and lowest tuition and fees, highest and lowest average net prices, and highest percentage increases in tuition.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released “The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012,” a long-term trend assessment designed to track changes in the achievement of students ages 9, 13, and 17 since the 1970s.
Notable in the report are the improvements among today’s Hispanic students compared to their peers years ago:
- 9-year-old Hispanic students scored 25 points higher in reading and 32 points higher in math; and
- 17-year-old Hispanic students scored 21 points higher in reading and 17 points higher in math.
As a result, while racial/ethnic achievement gaps persist, they are generally smaller than they were four decades ago.
Did you know adult English language learners nationally make up 40 percent of
the adult education population served?
Which states have the highest percentage
of English as a second language (ESL) students?
See a new fact
sheet providing details of the student demographics in adult ESL programs,
the progress they are making, and the allocations that support their
Recently, the Department of
Education and the Department of Health and Human Services teamed up to release
a new web video that
provides an easy to understand explanation of the President's Early Education Plan. To
learn more visit: www.whitehouse.gov/earlylearning.
Accepting applications for
- The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics internship provides current
undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about
Latino-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at ED in Washington, D.C. Additional questions for the WHIEEH internship can be sent to Emmanuel.Caudillo@ed.gov.
- The Department of Education internship provides you with the opportunity to explore your interests in education policy research and analysis,
or intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or even work with social
media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education.
Application Deadlines: July 15.
The Department of Education piloted a FAFSA Completion Project to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and secondary school administrators in determining which of their students have completed a FAFSA application for the upcoming school year.
Completing the FAFSA – which is used to determine eligibility for federal aid and is the gateway to other student aid – is a critical factor in helping students access higher education. Key studies have indicated that FAFSA completion correlates strongly with college enrollment, particularly among low-income populations.
Research indicates that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA will
enroll in post secondary education.
This month we invite you to learn about Erin Martinez. Since 2006, she has been a guidance counselor at John W.
North High School in the Riverside Unified School District in California working extensively with students classified as English Learners. She is currently the district’s lead counselor for
ED's piloted FAFSA Completion Project.
What aspect of education are you
most passionate about and why? I’m passionate about
helping kids see the possibilities that are open to them. I’m passionate
about making sure kids have choices when they leave high
school, whether it be college or a career they will love. I’m passionate
about making sure that every student knows that college is an
option for them despite past mistakes or the expectations of others or how much
their parents make. I’m passionate about helping kids see what they are
capable of and how exciting it is to discover something they truly love to
advice do you have for students over the summer? Make time to
visit colleges if at all possible—it’s never too early to start checking them
out. Schedule a formal tour—it makes a difference in how you experience a
campus. Look at schools even if you have no plan to apply there—it’ll
give you a good idea of what you like (or don’t like) and what feels right to
you. Make it a part of your family vacation if you take one. Or
just look at schools that are local for you—some colleges offer overnight stays
in the dorms as well.
Also, check out summer programs for high school students
at many colleges—you can take a class (for a fee—but most offer scholarships)
and get a real feel for the college environment…and you can also earn college
For students who will attend college in the fall—pay attention
to deadlines! Read your email regularly and respond to requests for
information from your college—don’t ignore them or delete! Make sure you
have access to the online student portal for your college—and visit it
frequently. Read all the posts—and ask questions if you’re
piece of advice would you give parents/students to help students complete high
school and be college and career ready? You must be your own
advocate. You must ask questions and seek to meet with your counselor/teacher.
Parents, ensure that you establish a connection and frequent communication
pattern with your child’s counselor. Students who get the
most from their counselor are those who ask questions, directly seek help, and
whose parents are active. This is difficult for some parents, given their schedules, but most counselors are open
to working with parents and students in different ways.
Women's Business Center Program Initial Grant The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) invites private, 501(c)- certified non-profit organizations that are located within and will provide services to the population of Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, and Washington to apply for a five year Women's Business Center (WBC) grant. Applications close on July 31, 2013.
Corporation for National and Community Service Seeks Participants in RSVP Competition The Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to increase the impact of national service in 270 specific communities across the country. Applications are due September 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.