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For Immediate Release
17 June 2013

Melissa Lamar, Marketing & Public Relations Office
860.255.3777 (office)
email: MLamar@txcc.commnet.edu


Public Act 12-40’s Effects on Latino Students Topic of CALAHE Annual Meeting at Tunxis

 

L to R in photo are Myrna Garcia-Bowen, president of CALAHE, Dr. Dianne Kaplan deVries, and Dr. Cathryn L. Addy, president of Tunxis Community College.

L to R in photo are Myrna Garcia-Bowen, president of CALAHE, Dr. Dianne Kaplan deVries, and Dr. Cathryn L. Addy, president of Tunxis Community College.

Tunxis Community College in Farmington hosted the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education’s (CALAHE) 29th Annual Meeting, “Implications of Public Act 12-40 Legislation,” on June 14.

Keynote speaker and education consultant Dianne Kaplan deVries, Ed.D., discussed the impact Public Act 12-40 will have on remedial education and its effects on Latino students and institutions of higher education in Connecticut, particularly community colleges.

“This topic is very important because as we implement P.A. 12-40, we need to ensure that the success rates of our most vulnerable underprepared students improve and that they complete the college education they need to get good jobs to support their families and become productive citizens,” said Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D. Approximately 70 percent of Latino students are enrolled in remedial courses at Connecticut community colleges.

CALAHE’s mission, according to its website, “is dedicated to promoting and advocating full access, retention and participation of Latinos/Latinas throughout Connecticut higher education.”

Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more on Tunxis programs, please call 860.773.1300, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.