BUSCA began in 1993 with 10 students, 1 staff, and 4 teachers. Since 1998, BUSCA has served more than 825 students and currently has 180 students and 34 faculty members. Since 2003 BUSCA classes have been taught exclusively in English, with first semester teachers focusing on ESL instruction. The program has a specialized curriculum combined with targeted support services.
In 2000, the non-profit Esperanza, Inc. and Eastern University forged a partnership to address the unmet educational needs of the Hispanic community, resulting in Esperanza College (EC), a Middle States Accredited branch campus of Eastern University, offering courses for credit towards an associate’s degree. The college provides higher education opportunities in a community that experiences secondary drop-out rates of 37%.