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Program opens door for Hispanic students

Published date: September 21, 2014

Over 100 Hispanic high school students from across the state gathered on the campus of Virginia State University for the Hispanic College Institute.

For four days, students were placed in groups called "familias" to not only to connect with the individuals in their group, but to learn what it takes to be successful as well.

"[We want] to encourage more Hispanics and Latinos in the commonwealth of Virginia to consider higher education and, in particular, to consider 4-year degrees as an option," said Jonathan Young, director of corporate relations for business at VSU.

According to the latest statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics make up 17.1 percent of the national population and 8.6 percent of the Virginia population. Young said that a lot of young Hispanics may be first generation and have no guidance as to how to prepare for their future.

"It's important that we provide opportunities to that group to consider college and higher education," he said.

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