Hillsborough Community College Black Brown and College Bound



Track I: Exceed Expectations: Designing Non-Traditional Careers for the Future
Exceed Expectations: Designing Non-traditional Careers for the Future “By 2020, fewer jobs will be available to people with less than high school or only a high school diploma. Jobs will increase for those with associate’s degrees or better” (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013). Positive trending in the availability of jobs in the U.S. is a strong indicator of economic recovery. However, the future job market will be different, requiring more knowledge, skills, and abilities. High-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs will require post-secondary training or degrees in addition to transferable skills in the areas of communication, complex problem-solving and technical ability. The data are clear: "a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those without" (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013). Workforce trends also indicate that current and future graduates may fare better if they consider non-traditional opportunities, particularly, career fields with lower African American and Latino representation. Given this information, it is imperative that African American and Latino males consider other non-traditional careers and entrepreneurial possibilities?

Track II: Technology: Current and Future Trends
Technology has changed the lives and cultural patterns of people and institutions. Technological tools available today include Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.


This track will explore the current and future trends in technology that will influence the educational system; identify the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to compete in the global marketplace; and examine the challenges and changes in the learning process for a growing diverse population.


Track III: Mentoring: A Structured Sharing of Wisdom
A key factor to successful transitions in education, career advancement, and even personal growth and development is the mentoring process. As such, creating and sustaining viable, effective mentoring programs and experience is imperative. The goal of any mentoring program is to facilitate engagement, provide quality role models and create positive experiences for African American and Latino males to successfully achieve their educational, personal and career goals.

This track will seek to provide the participants with the trends, best practices, case studies, empirical data and methods of assessments in higher education and community-based programs that have been successful in the mentoring of African American and Latino males. Furthermore, this track will explore the use of non-traditional methods, such as social media, used to identify  and recruit mentors locally and abroad.



Track IV: Justice System: Roadblock or Stepping Stone
Research literature and judicial records indicate that the justice system is often unfair and inequitable for African American and Latino males. Key findings about the disparate treatment that Hispanics receive include: "Hispanics experience discrimination during arrest, prosecution, and sentencing, and more likely to be incarcerated than whites charged with the same offenses" (Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U. S. Criminal Justice System).

Clearly, the Trayvon Martin case highlights the current issues of profiling, stereotyping, and marginalizing African American and Latino males which have a negative and chilling effect impeding their educational and career goals. There is significant evidence, of "a lack of success" for these young men.

This track will address pervasive problems and potential solutions based on research, case studies, and legal analyses.   

Track V: Identity & Culture: Perceptions Gone Wrong
Today, many African American and Latino males seem somewhat confused or harbor misperceptions about their rich cultural heritage, masculinity, and respective identities. Whether these factors are attributable to the socialization processes through the systemic disruption of the family, community institutions, and media, are yet to be fully determined. How empowering it would be if our youth understood how the great creations and contributions from our African and Latino ancestors have positively influenced their identity and the American Culture.


This track will be informative about the rich culture and history of African Americans and Latino Americans. Furthermore, this track will reveal research findings and empirical data associated with the complexities and challenges African American and Latino males face in solidifying their masculinity and ethnic identity.