Latinos and Education

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Martha Trujillo, Staff Writer

The more Latinos become successful, the more impact we have for not only our future but the future of this country. As our population grows, it is imperative that we grow with it and have strong leading Latinos in every aspect of the business world.

Over the past decade, the dropout rate for Latinos has dropped significantly. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “the dropout rate for Hispanics has declined from 32% to 13% from 1999 to 2012.” These statics are a great sign that Latinos are progressing in the education area and this is promising for the next generation of Latinos. Our Latino community graduating from high school and continuing on to college is a great sign of times changing. Fifteen to twenty years ago, it was thought that the Latino community was at a low graduating rate from high schools. Statistics pointed out how most Latinos were dropping out of school and how they were not being conducive in their education.

On the contrary now, there are even specific fields out searching for Latinos to enroll in their programs to further their education. For example there is the “Tour for Diversity in Medicine” that is currently doing a tour of community colleges and high schools looking for Latinos to enroll into medical school. This group goes out and speaks to minority groups and informs Latinos of the opportunity they have in the medical field. The Tour for Diversity in Medicine realizes the shortage in Latino doctors with our growing population.

This group realizes the many obstacles Latinos face when making a decision, like enrolling in medical school. For starters, is it financially feasible? Do these young Latinos have the support they need from their families for such a rigorous education? Young Latinos have these questions in the back of their minds and may be a reason they do not attempt to apply. Being a Latino, we all have similar stories of our parents not speaking well English, so they maybe were unable to help with homework. Latinos also have a strong belief that being a blue-collar worker is very valuable in our community. But with groups such as the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, it is bringing the attention of a need of Latinos in the medical field. With the growth of our population comes the need of more Latinos to work in these fields to provide for other Latinos.

Being the largest minority group today, it is a change in the times to see that Latinos are more focused on their education and becoming successful in important fields. It is a positive sign for the growth of our Latino community.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013).  The Condition of Education 2013 (NCES 2013-037), Status Dropout Rates

Martha Trujillo is a Staff Writer for Latino Giant. Born in 1979 in Laredo, Texas, Martha was born to a mother who was an immigrant from Mexico and a father who is a U.S. citizen. She was raised in a typical Mexican household and carries her roots with her every day. Martha holds an Associate’s Degree in Business and has worked in the medical field for about 17 years in the business office. Currently, she resides in Arizona and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts to purse her dream of opening a restaurant.