Students Achieve Individual Goals and Accomplishments
When Western Nevada College graduated more than 500 students this spring, it was making history in several ways. Not only was the class of 2013 the largest in the WNC history, the college also graduated its first Latino Student Cohort.
The group of 17 local Latino students were part of a program that began in 2010 to help first-generation college students stay in college and complete their degree.
Students completed a course focusing on strategies to success - they learned time management skills, how to study effectively, and how to be responsible students. They were required to utilize the college’s free Academic Skills Center to enhance the possibility of improving their grades. Personal assistance in navigating the educational system provided the students with strategies to overcome potential cultural barriers to degree attainment. Parents were also asked to support their students and the requirements of the program.
“Not everyone is willing to accept assistance in such a structured program,” said Lupe Ramirez, WNC’s Latino Cohort facilitator. “These students were willing to follow the guidelines of the program, and the results of their commitment, hard work, and dedication paid off.”
The students are bilingual and very proud of their roots, Ramirez said. “They want to be successful in life. But they also believe in extending a hand to our future generations. They visit with students from middle and high schools to inspire them to go to college.”
Ramirez said she was particularly touched by a quote from one of the graduates who said, “We are changing our future.”
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