The Latino Leadership Academy is one of the initiatives implemented by the Latino Outreach Coordinator to assist students who are the first in their family to attend college. The program offers students a two-year academic plan to complete an Associate Degree on time. Students in this program thrive in their college experience and enjoy attending classes with other students who share cultural similarities. In addition to the academic support, they also receive individual assistance in applying for financial aid and scholarships. Students also benefit from leadership and volunteer opportunities. The program also provides a safe space for DACA and Undocumented students to address their unique needs.
The mission of the Latino Leadership Academy is to increase access and success to first-generation Latinos transitioning into college after school. Increase student retention and degree completion among the under served student population.
Goals and Objectives
Provide individual guidance and support to first-generation Latinos. Eliminate barriers for a smooth transition into college. Engage students in their education and encourage them to perform to their highest potential. Provide students with an educational plan that allows them to complete a degree in two years while maintaining a part-time job. Increase interest in utilizing the resources available to support student success. Download Latino Leadership Academy Flyer. Program requirements:
- High School Transcript (Students must be starting their first semester at WNC)
- Full-time enrollment (12-15 credits each semester)
- Attend an advising appointment each semester
- Sign a student-agreement
- Volunteer 8 hours per semester
- Attend scheduled Supplemental Instruction Sessions, meetings and events
How to Apply
- Complete the online application: https://www.wnc.edu/latino-outreach-application/
- Schedule an interview with the Program Coordinator: https://latinoleadershipacademy.youcanbook.me/
The Latino Outreach Office has an active parent committee that meets the THIRD Thursday of each month to discuss educational topics. Guest speakers are invited to present information to empower the parents so they can become better advocates for their children. Download Parent Flyer.
Jump Start Support:
The Latino Outreach Coordinator also provides support to the Jump Start Program by increasing awareness to the Spanish-speaking families about the program available to juniors and seniors during their last two years of high school. For additional information contact Claudette Dutra at 775-445-3314 or visit the Jump Start page.
If you are a DACA student attending school, you are not eligible for federal financial aid in the form of Pell Grants or federal student loans. Federal financial aid policies require recipients to be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. While DACA permits you to live legally in the U.S., you are not considered an eligible non-citizen. However, we encourage the application and enrollment of DACA students and undocumented students who are academically excellent and accomplished in extracurricular activities. You may be eligible for different forms of non-federal aid! Note that some awards are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and funding may be limited. For more information, please contact: