Increasing Support to Latino Students

The purpose of the Latino project is to maximize or improve available resources and create new processes to support Latino student enrollment, persistence, graduation and transfer rates. Some of the associated activities that will seek to achieve this purpose are:

  • Complete a study of Latino students to better understand their needs (profile with key indicators of success, survey of "lost" students, and focus groups).
  • Create a GRCC Spanish portal for key information.
  • Develop a resource handbook for undocumented students (scholarships, etc.).
  • Review and update the GRCC application and have a Spanish version available.
  • Implement multiple activities for retention purposes (phone calls, e-mails, social media, milestone celebrations/events, workshops, etc.)

The goals include:

  • Increase enrollment of Latino students.
  • Increase persistence and graduation rate through additional support.
  • Establish new internal structures that support Latino student success such as the creation of a Latino Center, CLS 100 for Latino students, a leadership program, the establishment of an endowment for Latino Scholarships, etc.

Outcomes for 2016-17:

  • Implemented first annual Latino Graduation Celebration celebrating Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Summer 2017 Latino graduates.

  • Completed activities and events aimed at retention, such as the Conectate event (Winter semester welcome event) and email/call campaigns

  • Continued collaborations with community partners such as the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to promote opportunities to our students

  • Blackboard group for Latino students was created and used as a communication tool to promote external and internal opportunities and provide important information and reminders

  • Collaborated with the Latino Youth Conference by overseeing volunteer recruitment. This aided in increasing GRCC staff and Latino student volunteers at this year's conference (March 7, 2017).

  • New Student Orientation in Spanish was developed and will be piloted on June 28th on main campus (all English NSO presentations were translated to Spanish).

  • Fall to Fall retention for Latin@ students increased from 52.1% in Fall 2015 to 54.3% in Fall 2016 

ID 16737

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16737, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

Please note that for security purposes, contact information can only be provided to known contacts at active Achieving the Dream institutions.

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