The 7th Annual Edúcate @ Big Bend Latino Education Fair will be held May 10 in the ATEC building at Big Bend Community College.
Edúcate @ Big Bend will provide workshops and information booths for attendees from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The evening hours allow parents and working people to participate. Last year more than 200 people attended.
The event promotes access to higher education and informs attendees in English and Spanish about programs and services available at BBCC, said Andre Guzman, BBCC’s STEM Grant Director and a member of the Edúcate planning committee.
BBCC is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), allowing the college to apply for federal HSI grants like the STEM grant (science, technology, engineering, and math.) BBCC’s enrollment is 35 percent Hispanic, and the college’s service district (including all of Grant and Adams counties and a part of Lincoln County) is 42 percent Hispanic, according to recent census figures.
Eighty percent of BBCC students and 94 percent of Latino students are “first generation students,” meaning no one from their family has attended college.
“First generation students have a more difficult time navigating college because sometimes it is just a different culture, a new set of rules, and they don’t have anyone in their faily who can guide them through the process,” Guzman said. “Edúcate provides information on the types of services that will help with access, retention and transfer for the student population BBCC serves.”
Workshops will address perceived barriers to higher education and earning a college degree. Workshops include information on the admissions process, accessing financial aid, and applying for scholarships.
Information on transfer degrees, professional technical training programs, and various support services are offered at information booths. Representatives from four-year universities are also on-hand.
The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Julia Gamboa at 509-793-2045 or 1-877-745-1212 ext. 2045.