Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vice President Biden to Address Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Hispanics Will Play a Critical Role in the American Economy for the Next Several Decades

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, September 13th, Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 35th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

CHCI, established by a small group of Hispanic Members of Congress in 1978, serves nearly 1,700 young Latinos annually with educational services and leadership development designed to promote college readiness, support college attainment, and provide direct access for students to national political leadership.

CHCI awards $400,000 every year in college scholarships to Latino students with financial need.

According to White House officials, Hispanics will continue to drive the growth of America’s labor force in the coming decades, accounting for 60 percent of the Nation’s population growth between 2005 and 2050, and already approximately 1 of every 4 students in K-12 public education is Hispanic.

Officials also stated that if America is going to have the strongest, most competitive work force and lead the 21st century economy, and if we’re going to meet the President’s goal of having the highest percentage of high school graduates in the world by 2020, then we have to improve the educational outcomes of Hispanics.

A recent White House report on the Administration’s agenda and the Hispanic community includes a detailed section on education, and can be found by clicking HERE.

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