by Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College will host an Information Session in Spanish and English on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in room 101 of the Advanced Technology Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
“This is the College’s opportunity to reach out to Spanish-speaking families and educate them on the benefits of college, the pathway to become a student, and the resources to succeed,” said Dennis Barrera, Assistant Director of Admissions.
The event will provide information, in both English and Spanish, about the programs offered by the College, the admissions process, financial aid and payment options, as well as resources for student success. After the information session, guests will be given a brief walking campus tour conducted by Spanish-speaking students.
“Many young Hispanic students may already know how to speak English but their parents may not. We hope to help future students and parents alike understand more about what the College has to offer them,” Barrera said.
The Hispanic community in Montgomery County has more than doubled in size since 2000 and accounts for 35,000 residents. In Norristown, Hispanics/Latinos account for 28.3 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The College has seen its own Hispanic student population double since 2005.