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'Hispanic Student Day' shows high schoolers benefits of higher education

Area high school students learned the benefits of continuing their education through Ivy Tech's annual 'Hispanic Student Day.'

Posted: Apr. 3, 2019 4:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Ivy Tech Lafayette hosted more than 100 local high schoolers for its annual 'Hispanic Student Day' Wednesday.

The event gives students the opportunity to learn about the benefits of higher education and get a taste of the college life.

Ivy Tech provided college workshops, speakers and an open discussion panel.

Along with Ivy Tech officials, Purdue's Latino Cultural Center attended 'Hispanic Student Day' as well.

The event started in 2006 and attendance has grown rapidly over the years.

The goal is to show each student they can reach their education and career goals through community college.

Ivy Tech Lafayette's Director of Admissions said it helps for students to have support from the community.

"We're looking for the community, especially the parents of these students, just to provide support for them," Hernandez said. "Whether it be emotional support or financial support of any kind, especially the community."

Although the event is targeted for Hispanic students, Ivy Tech welcomes any student to attend. 

Hernandez wants community members to know there is a way to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA students, furthering their education.

"Ivy Tech does have a scholarship for DACA students called 'The Dreamer's Fund.' So we're always looking for community members to donate to that scholarship fund."

Hernandez and his wife started 'The Dreamer's Fund' last March. He said the scholarship received so much attention that by this fall, they were able to give out $500.00 scholarships to several students. 

To make a donation, click here

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