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The Connections Center Open House: Connecting Hispanic Students to Resources on their Journey to Academic Success
On October 17, 2012, there was a distinct buzz around underneath the sails courtyard. The sounds of traditional Latino sounds filled the air with live music provided by guitarist, Ismael Rivera. Jennifer Rodgers welcomed guests with a warm smile and sparked curiosity with her beautiful "Pollera," the typical Panamanian attire.

The Connections Center was spreading the word and encouraging sending a clear message, "¡Conéctate!" With around 400 in attendance, the center welcomed over 300 students and numerous faculty, staff, and community partners.

Transitions To Success
The Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of Hispanic Students. HSI Program grants enable HSIs to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

When working with students from other cultures and countries, sometimes the most important thing you can do is build trust, not only with them, but their families. The Connections Center is a key component of the Transitions to Success initiative. The initiative is part of a $3.5 million grant the campus received from the US Department of Education through a program for colleges where Hispanics make up at least one fourth of the student body. The funds also provide for staff to help advise students, new software and state-of-the-art equipment in a lab for students enrolled in the English for Academic Purposes program.

The Connections Center provides enrollment information and assistance, information regarding the English for Academic Purposes program, connects students with advisors, career guidance, information navigating college and transitioning to the US educational system. The center serves students and their families in English and Spanish.

For more information, visit hccfl.edu/conectate

Article Written By: Dale Mabry Campus Staff.