Past Features

July 11, 2005 (Vol. 1, No. 10)

On the Road to Higher Education:
The Bronx Institute Is Helping Students Get into College

Notebooks
Most high school students start researching the college they want to attend in their junior year. But in low-income neighborhoods, where the choice to continue in school can lose out to the need to work, students who have higher education potential sometimes fall by the wayside. The ENLACE ("Engaging Latino Communities for Education") Latino Collegiate Society is working to change that.

For five weeks this summer, over 40 Latino students from local high schools will take part in a course at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus to improve their skills at note-taking and verbal presentations. They will also focus on what it means to be Latino and how that identity translates into the larger population.

Administered through the Bronx Institute at Lehman College and funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the ENLACE program prepares Latino students and their parents for higher education.

"The purpose of the course is to prepare these students for the college enrollment process," says program coordinator Andrea Hill. "Our ultimate goal is to create a college-bound culture. Ivy League schools are looking for undergraduate students to be represented at their institutions, and this is where the Bronx Institute comes in."

For more information, please call Naomi Barber, Director of Bronx Institute ENLACE at 718-960-7742, or e-mail her at naomi.barber@lehman.cuny.edu