Latino Student Success and the Workforce


Our nation needs each and every citizen to be job ready. We need to identify colleges and universities that serve Latinos well and think of how to invest in the capacity of institutions to do this for the economic security of our country.

Robert T. Jones, President of Education and Workforce Policy LLC, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor

Where are Latinos in the workforce?

Latino student success benefits the U.S. workforce

An outcome of increasing Latino degree attainment is an increase in the number of Latinos prepared to join the U.S. workforce. Latinos have the fastest growth in post-secondary enrollment and completion, and their labor force participation is the highest of any group. However, as long as the Latino educational attainment gap remains and labor force participation tends to be concentrated in lower paying jobs, there is more work to be done. Latino labor force participation is expected to increase 3% every year while participation is expected to decrease for non-Hispanic Whites. We must ensure Latinos can benefit from their increased degree attainment and move into well-paying jobs.

COVER-Tapping Latino Talent - How HSIs Are Preparing Latino Students for the Workforce

Tapping Latino Talent: How HSIs Are Preparing Latino Students for the Workforce

Latinos’ degree attainment and skill development are important to our nation’s need for a competitive workforce and strong civic leadership. To help Latino students enter and be competitive in the workforce, trendsetting institutions are adapting their efforts to support students’ strengths and meet their needs. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll the majority of Latino students (67%) and thus can play an integral part in Latino students’ academic success and workforce preparation. Learn more