Monday, April 23, 2012: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom-Salon 13 (Orlando World Center Marriott)
Program Description: Nationwide, one in four community college students has an immigrant background. Ensuring educational access and success for immigrants and children of immigrants is critical to increasing U.S. college completion and workforce readiness and impacts the nationís economic competitiveness. Learn about: collaborative activities of the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education to support college access and completion for a diverse immigrant student population; highlights from the Migration Policy Instituteís recent analyses of needs, barriers, and pathways of immigrant youth in the education and workforce preparation systems in 5 states: California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington; and the Davis Global Education Center at Palm Beach State College, FL which provides extensive community outreach, partnerships, and initiatives, such as the First-Year Mentoring Program, that have led to increases in immigrant student enrollments and college completion.
Key Contact and Panelist:
Teresita Wisell, Executive Director, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and Associate Dean, Westchester Community College, NY
Jill Casner-Lotto, Director, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, Westchester Community College, NY
Sarah Hooker, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute, DC
Jeannett Manzanero, Director, Davis Global Education Center, Palm Beach State College, FL