The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp

Academic Level
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep


The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC) started as a college preparatory 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, self-advocacy, and engages students in social justice issues.

Program Description

The Latino Outreach & Services Office strives to provide access to educational opportunities for Latino students in Kentucky and to promote Latino student success. The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp hopes to achieve 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.