The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC) started as a college preparation day camp in 2006. Since 2008, the LLCEC has evolved into an intensive college literacy program that nurtures peer and professional mentoring; exposes students to college opportunities; increases self-awareness and self-advocacy; and engages students in social justice issues.
The Latino Outreach & Services Office strives to provide access to educational opportunities for Latino students in Kentucky and to promote Latino student success with the following goals to: increase enrollment in dual credit and early college courses; create ACT Action Plans for students below grade level; and facilitate student involvement in activities on campus or in the community.
At Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), Latino student enrollment increased 130% from fall 2006 to fall 2011. Between 2006 and 2012 the LLCEC served 201 participants of which 113 have graduated from high school. Of that 113 high school graduates, 95 have enrolled in college giving the LLCEC an 84% college going rate. Sixty-six of the past participants have enrolled in BCTC. Of the first LLCEC cohort, 11 of the 14 participants have completed at least an Associate’s Degree with two students completing a Master’s Degree. In comparison with African American and Caucasian students, BCTC Latino students are retained at higher rates. Additionally, Latino credentials awarded increased from 27 in 2007-2008 to 80 in 2011-2012. Since 2006 students have received scholarships and recognition from the following: Toyota sponsored Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Partners for Youth scholarship, the University of Kentucky’s William C. Parker Scholarship, Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, full tuition and housing scholarships from Northern Kentucky University, the Migrant Network Coalition, and many more.