According to the U.S. Census Bureau at least 40 percent of the Hispanic population in Corsicana between the ages of 18 to 64 are limited in English, have no schooling or degree, and are not employed or enrolled in school. Latino Unidos Por la Educacion (LUPE) is an organization formed by community members and Navarro College employees who have a desire to help the Hispanic/Latino population.

“As a committee, we understand the barriers in education,” said Sina Taimanao, LUPE committee member and Navarro College Adult Education director.

All the information provided at the July 13 event was in Spanish. Participants learned about Senate Bill 1528, which allows immigrant students, including those who are undocumented, to attend higher education. Financial aid and career and technical education program information was presented as well. Jose Ibarra inspired participants with his words as a local business owner when discussing all the opportunities Navarro College provides the community.

Kristin Walker, Navarro College director of tech prep and LUPE member, believes the Hispanic community event was a great success, only because there were so many generous people who gave: Ruth Lopez, U.S. Post Office; Ramon Alba, Texas Youth Commission and master of ceremonies for the event; Sina Taimanao, director of Navarro College Adult Education; Cristina Guardado; Navarro College tech prep; Delila Vaiz, Navarro College First Generation Program; Rhina Sandoval, Navarro College controller; Frank Martinez, Corsicana National Bank; LULAC gave monetary donations; Navarro College Dining Services donated drinks, which were very much appreciated in July Texas heat; Tacos Griseldas donated beans; Maria Castañon donated rice; Miguel’s Shop, owner Miguel Sandoval donated bread for dinner; Olé Foods donated a wonderful Tres Leche cake; Navarro College dean of career and technical education Tim Samuels cooked 70 pounds of brisket for the participants’ dinner; Corsicana Independent School District allowed use of the Travis Center for day care during the event; Navarro College First Generation students provided free day care; CiCi’s and Pizza Hut donated pizza; Family Dollar donated drinks; Vaiz donated cookies for the children and volunteers at the Travis Center; and H-E-B, the YMCA, Collin Street Bakery, Wal-Mart and Cotton Patch donated gift certificates.

For more information about this Hispanic community event, contact Kristin Walker at (903) 875-7481 or kristin.walker@navarrocollege.edu.

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