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The UCF McNair Scholars Program is designed to assist first generation and low-income students, and groups underrepresented in graduate education in gaining admission to graduate programs leading to a doctorate. Of the 169 students who have participated in the McNair program since its inception, 53% identify as Latino.

The Dual Language Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) offers Latino nurses the opportunity of completing an MSN-FNP degree while developing both their academic English and Spanish language skills throughout the curriculum. Many Latino professionals that come to the U.S. are underemployed or sub-employed because they either do not speak English, or their profession requires completing a degree from a US accredited institution.

Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.

The MFOS Program was created in 2006. UF and President Machen recognized students from low socio-economic backgrounds can be deterred from enrolling in college because of fear of debt and concern that working while in school could hinder the chances for academic success.

Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers the only Dual Language Accelerated Program for adults in the nation. Each course is developed and facilitated 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. They accommodate the needs of students’ schedules by meeting just once a week for a period of four hours. Courses are scheduled mornings, evenings and weekends.

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