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BPCC, LULAC collaborate to offer opportunities to area Latin residents

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Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC Council #16001) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, Building A Room 230 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City.

This memorandum and collaboration between BPCC and LULAC will increase access to education and training opportunities for Latino residents of the region and strengthen the relationship between Bossier Parish Community College and the growing Hispanic community in the Shreveport-Bossier area. As a part of the partnership, a Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) will be created and located in BPCC’s College Transition Programs building, 415 Monroe St, Bossier City, LA.

“I am truly excited about the opportunities that this collaboration will provide for our citizens,” says BPCC’s College Transition Programs Director Shelli Ulrich. “The League of United Latin American Citizens supports education and provides scholarships for Latino students and the new Hispanic Resource Center will provide added support and resources to our students. This is a ‘win-win’ for all of us!”

LULAC Council #16001’s President Everardo Recendiz echoes Ulrich’s thoughts. “The benefits of the HRC to LULAC are immeasurable,” says Recendiz. “Latinos in Bossier City and Shreveport will have a non-profit, one-stop information center for local resources. These resources include but are not limited to government agencies, law enforcement, legal assistance, immigration, education, health services, drug abuse counseling, life skills counseling, and citizenship.”

LULAC’s primary objective for the HRC is to attract Latinos to educational institutions—by seeking English as a Second Language classes for them and by exposing them to educational scholarship resources and bi-lingual youth leadership camps. The local LULAC Council #16001 has a scholarship program which is projected to award $20,000 for school year 2014-2015. This year, LULAC awarded $12,000 in educational scholarships to Ark-La-Tex Latino students.

The Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) will be open from 10am-2pm, Monday-Thursday. These hours will expand as support from local Hispanic organizations who have expressed interest in being part of this project grows.