2006 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) has a variety of programs designed to support the unique needs of the Hispanic population it serves.
The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) is designed to motivate first-generation students (grades 6-12) to pursue postsecondary education and provide their parents with the cultural and social capital necessary to facilitate the educational process.
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.
Latino students in the Multilingual Journalism and Mass Communication Programs take core courses in Ethnic Media and Marketing as well as journalistic writing courses in both English and Spanish. The students can also study journalistic writing at Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico through a special online bilingual journalism program agreement. The program has international articulation agreements with universities in Chile, Venezuela,
The Entering Student Program (ESP) is designed to assist the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) student population (fall 2014--80% Latino/a, 53% first generation college students, 97% commuters, 78% employed) with transitioning into the university environment.
ENgaging LAtino Communities in Education (ENLACE) is a grassroots initiative dedicated to empowering marginalized Hispanic/Latino communities through a comprehensive pre-school through graduate/professional educational pipeline.
Austin Community College (ACC)'s mission is to serve underrepresented populations. When challenged to implement Texas’ Closing the Gaps higher education plan, ACC developed a model program, College Connection, to encourage students to seek degrees in higher education. College Connection is a unique, specialized outreach program taking ACC enrollment services directly into high school campuses.