CTN Recognizes Role in Connection to Future of the State
September 15 was the start of Hispanic Heritage month. As we celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, we must consider how vital future contributions by Hispanics will be to our state and nation. Texas' Hispanic population has increased from 9.7 million in 2010 to 11.1 million last year. Nationally, Texas is the state that has experienced the largest annual numeric increase of Hispanic residents since 2010. Yet, less than 20% of Hispanics receive some form of postsecondary credential. This is a serious problem in an economy that is generating more jobs for educated workers and fewer jobs for high school graduates. If the trend continues, Texas could see $15 billion per year less in state tax revenue. (https://www.texastribune.org/)
Texas Commissioner of Higher Ed, Raymund Paredes said, “It is not too much to say that how well we educate Latino children will pretty much determine the fate of Texas in the 21st Century.”
This is true for the nation as well, as HACU President Dr. Antonio Flores explains, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that Hispanics now make up half of the increase in the American workforce. Latinos are the future of the American economy.” Our nation's economic and social success rests on the level of skills and knowledge attained by Hispanics. Education is indisputably the key.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain. In 1992, HACU led the effort to convince Congress to formally recognize campuses with a minimum of 25% Hispanic total enrollment as federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSIs). (https://www.hacu.net)
There are 492 HSIs in the U.S. Texas has the second largest number, 90.
Most of CTN colleges are HSIs ranging from 34.9 Hispanic enrollment at Austin Community College District to 94.3% at South Texas College. (www.edexcelencia.org).
CTN’s commitment is to increase the educational attainment for Latinos and anyone who can benefit from our Ascender Framework for Student and Faculty Advancement. We are acutely aware of the importance of our mission in connection to the future and success of Texas and the nation.
Palo Alto College begins its celebration of Hispanic
Heritage Month with a blessing performed by Grupo
de Danza Azteca Xinachtli.