A group of Seymour High School students attended the 11th annual Indiana Latino Education Summit and College and Career Fair last month in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Latino Institute, Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Commission for Higher Education sent a letter to SHS Principal Greg Prange extending the invitation.
Across Indiana’s K-12 schools, 13% of students identify as Hispanic or Latino, according to the Indiana Department of Education.
The event was held in an effort to support those students as they consider their next steps after high school, and the summit provided access to important information and resources.
The Indiana Latino Institute offered the summit in three locations: South Bend, Indianapolis and Evansville.
Katie Leitzman, director of federal and state programs for Seymour schools, said 50 juniors and seniors from SHS attended the summit Sept. 9 at JW Marriott Indianapolis.
“The only expense for SCSC was to provide transportation, which the Indiana Latino Institute subsidized part of the cost,” Leitzman said. “The event itself was funded by Indiana Latino Institute, IDOE and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.”
She said 38% of SHS students identify as Hispanic or Latino, and those students have the lowest college-going rate in the state at 49%, which is below the statewide average of 59%
“So we knew this event could be very …