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Collin's New Spanish Website Introduced

October 26, 2005 – Reaching out to the burgeoning Hispanic community, Collin County Community College District (Collin) added a new component to its website.

The new Collin website in Spanish – www.collin.edu/espanol – caters to residents who do not speak English but want information about the college so they can get started in higher education. The website was unveiled during Hispanic Heritage Month, which ran through Oct. 15.

The website has information on financial aid, admissions requirements, registration and procedures for getting started. It also includes contact names and phone numbers of bilingual Collin employees who can answer questions in Spanish, along with links to the college’s website, the e-schedule of classes and much more.

Students from Collin’s award-winning campus chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) participated in the development of the webpage along with Spanish faculty and staff.

Brenda Moreno, a student and Collin LULAC member said she believed the website was a very important resource.

“A website in Spanish would attract students from Latin America and promote cultural enrichment which enhances the educational experience,” Moreno said.

The state of Texas has targeted the Hispanic population, among others, for college recruiting through the “College for Texans” campaign. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 17 percent of the nation’s Hispanic population is projected to live in Texas by 2025. According to the 2000 Census, 10.3 percent of Collin County’s population reported to be of Hispanic or Latin decent. About 10 percent of students enrolled at Collin are Hispanic.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.