Latino Education Summit

AUSTIN, MN — There is a new plan in place in southern Minnesota to help Latinos get motivated for college.

Leaders met in Austin Tuesday to discuss the integration plan that is taking place in Rochester and area cities.

Mayors from both Rochester and Austin were there as well as State Sen. Carla Nelson and Rochester Superintendent Michael Munoz.

The goal is to get the Latino population to graduate from high school while getting their families more engaged in the process.

“New arrivals, new immigrants who don’t know the system, they don’t know how to deal with the educational system or other things. They know how to work very hard, their very ambitious, but they don’t understand the system,” said Hector Garcia, Executive Director of the Chicano Latino Affairs Council.

He said the method works. He said in Northfield the Latino graduation rate went from 35 percent to 100 percent in six years.

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