ACC Hosts Sixth Annual Dí­a de la Familia April 28

Austin Community College will host the sixth annual Dí­a de la Familia Saturday, April 28, at Riverside Campus (1020 Grove Blvd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Families will have an opportunity to learn about ACC and enjoy activities, live Tejano music, and refreshments.

“ACC is truly the community’s college, and we invite families to experience that for themselves at Dí­a de la Familia,” says Dr. Mariano Dí­az-Miranda, director of ACC’s Latino/Latin American Studies Center. “This festival is about making residents more aware of the programs and services we offer.”

ACC staff will be on hand to provide information about admissions, financial aid, and adult education, including ESL and GED programs. Children will enjoy entertainment, games, and face painting.

Dí­a de la Familia is part of the college’s ongoing efforts to reach Hispanic families and enhance student success. Other initiatives include Café con Leche (roundtable discussions that bring together ACC staff, parents, and students), Latino student events, and an upcoming symposium that analyzes data on Latino student performance.

“Hispanic students are an important focus of ACC’s Student Success Initiative,” says Dr. Dí­az-Miranda. “It is critical that we connect our fastest growing populations in Texas to opportunities in higher education and the support they need to succeed.”

In fall 2011, ACC enrolled 12,327 Hispanic credit students, more than 27 percent of the credit student body. The college is awaiting certification as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation indicating the college maintains 25 percent or greater full-time equivalent Hispanic enrollment. HSI status makes ACC eligible for additional federal funding in the future.

Dí­a de la Familia is free and open to the public. For more information, call (512) 223.6361.

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