The U.S. Army is partnering with the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to inspire more young Latinos to stay in school, improve their academic performance and complete a college education or other ongoing training. As an Honorary Co-Chair sponsor of the USHLI Student Leadership Series, the Army will deliver this message at USHLI Student Leadership Conferences in Newark, NJ, Oct. 7-8; in Chicago, IL, Oct. 21-22; and in Portland, OR, Nov. 4-5. The Army will also sponsor a USHLI career and college recruitment fair on Nov. 4 in Keizer, OR.
The Army’s support of USHLI is grounded in the organizations’ mutual commitment to supporting Hispanics’ educational and career success and to preparing them for leadership and public service. At the USHLI events, Army representatives will guide students through leadership development seminars and provide information about the educational tools and academic scholarships it offers. Army officials will also provide information about the more than 150 career opportunities available through the Army, including many career paths as civilians.
Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the number of 18-24-year-old Hispanic students enrolled in two- or four-year colleges and universities is at an all-time high. However, while Hispanics have narrowed the gap in college enrollment, Hispanic young adults continue to have the lowest college graduation levels in terms of earning bachelor’s degrees.
As an institution committed to life-long learning, the Army offers a wide range of programs that provide avenues for students to earn a college education, develop valuable leadership skills and earn a commission as an Army officer. The Army also offers several opportunities for current soldiers to continue their education by attending classes while serving on active duty or in the Army Reserve. Whether it’s in accredited four-year universities across the nation, through an online university or in high-tech learning facilities on Army posts, the Army enables soldiers to continue their educational growth.