After high school graduation, the majority of Latino males who decide to continue their education will do so via the community college. Many will have the familial encouragement, peer support, and aspirations to succeed with respect to their community college goal. However, many Latino male students are unsuccessful in their journey toward a community college certificate, associate’s degree, or transfer to a university.
The problem under investigation in this study was the achievement gap that Latino male students may experience in community colleges and the socioeconomic impact of this lack of educational opportunity. The purpose of this study was to explore the journey and experiences of 15 reentry Latino male community college students who achieved academic success after previously departing from the community college for a minimum of 1 year. Through ethnographic interview qualitative methodology, data were collected via 15 semistructured interviews of individuals who met the necessary criteria for this study.
Findings suggested that Latino male students may not be informed or knowledgeable about higher education or possess the necessary navigational capital to excel at the community college. This study also revealed that Latino males may depart the community college in pursuit of employment opportunities to contribute to family expenses and to provide for themselves financially. Participants expressed that they returned to the community college to increase their career options and secure future employment with greater job security. Many participants expressed that a return to the community college was needed to fulfill a desire for a better life, to fulfill an original unaccomplished goal (educational and professional), or a new goal that was decided upon while away from the community college. Recommendations developed by this study included key partnerships among educational institutions geared toward major and career awareness, the importance of greater collaboration between the community college and partners in industry, and the role of work study for nontraditional student retention.
|Commitee:||Duran, Richard, Murray, John|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Community college, Higher education, Hispanics, Latino students|
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