From 2000 to 2010, the Hispanic/Latino population of central Kentucky has grown 182%, and statewide Latino student enrollment in Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions has increased 101% from fall 2006 to fall 2011. Since spring 2005, the Office of Latino Outreach and Services at Bluegrass Community and Technical College has served Kentucky’s Latino students by supporting their academic and social needs through specialized educational outreach, academic advising, family based college coaching, career counseling, mentoring, student development and engagement, and development of community partnerships focused on student access and success. The BCTC Latino Outreach Office also provides workshops, technical support and coaching to key community based organizations, educators, and educational gatekeepers on Latino student success, promising practices and culturally responsive services. Among its most notable achievements are: The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC), “Aplicate” to College Days, College Experience Visits and Tours, , the annual Latino Multicultural College Fair (LMCF), Promesa Mentor Training, Kentucky Dream Coalition, designated as “Dreamer” friendly space, Enlace Hispanic Student Association “Lider”ship Conference for College Student Success and Professional Development, Take your GED to College event for adult ESL and GED students, and backbone organization for the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (K’LEA).
The Office of Hispanic Outreach and Services in the Department of Multiculturalism and Inclusion strives to provide access to high quality educational opportunities for Latino students in the Commonwealth and to promote Latino student success during and after a student’s enrollment in and graduation from BCTC programs.
Outreach and Student Support Services
• Linguistically and culturally relevant educational outreach for Latino students/families
• Admissions application and FAFSA support
• Individualized scholarship coaching and support
• Academic advising and career counseling
• Transfer advising and admissions support
• Specialized support services (Educational access, immigration policy information, referrals to bilingual social services, job shadowing, internships, leadership programs, professional development, etc.)
• Student engagement and leadership development: Enlace, the BCTC Latino Student Association, Kentucky Dream Coalition, and “Líder”ship
At BCTC, Latino student enrollment increased 130% from fall 2006 to fall 2011. Over 3,600 students have been served by the Latino Multicultural College Fairs since 2006, and the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC) has served 261 students. Of the past LLCEC participants, 84% have entered college; the “Líder”ship program was created to enhance LLCEC participants’ success in college. Of the first LLCEC cohort, 11 of the 14 participants have completed at least an Associate’s Degree with two students completing a Master’s Degree. Fall to Spring Latino student retention increased from 50.8% (Fall 2007 to Spring 2008) to 70.6% (Fall 2011 to Spring 2012). Fall to Fall Latino student retention increased from 46.9% in 2007-2008 school year to 51.5% in 2011-2012 school year. In comparison with African American and Caucasian students, BCTC Latino students are retained at higher rates. Additionally, Latino student credentials completed increased from 27 in 2007-2008 to 80 in 2011-2012.