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Hispanic high school students visit ETSU

By Matthew Wampler
On March 16, 2011

On Wednesday March 16 over 100 area high-school students traveled to the campus of ETSU for the 11th annual Hispanic Student Day.  

Hispanic Student day is an event coordinated annually by The Language and Culture Resource Center (LCRC) located in the Campus Center Building to address the educational needs of the growing Hispanic population in East Tennessee.

Since its inception in 2001, Hispanic Student Day has been completely planned, organized and directed by APS or FWS students or Tuition Scholar students who work in the LCRC, and is fully staffed by ETSU students earning Service-Learning hours.

This year's event was coordinated by Federal Work Study Student Elizabeth Ruggiero-Sparks, who worked closely with Science Hill High School, David Crockett High School, Unicoi High School, Dobyns-Bennet High School and Greeneville High School.   HSD works in tandem with the XCELL Mentor Program to encourage Hispanic students to complete high school and further their education, since the Hispanic population is severely underrepresented in the professional workforce.

Representatives from several university offices, including Admissions, Advisement, and Financial Aid, gave brief presentations about college life and enrollment.

The keynote motivational speech, provided by ETSU student Maria Hernandez encouraged students to develop their abilities and further their education.  Area colleges such as North East State Technical Community College and King College were also present, while members of ETSU's Division of Theater and Dance provided entertainment for the local high-school students.

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