As a Designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, LCCC Supports Diverse Student Body

published Monday, April 19, 2021
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is one of only two colleges in Pennsylvania that has received designation from the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, based on a student population that reflects at least 25 percent Hispanic. The student population at LCCC is approximately 27 percent Hispanic/Latino, with 67 percent of the students at the LCCC Allentown site identifying as Hispanic. The college is one of 569 institutions nationwide serving the majority of Hispanic students.
 
Hispanic students graduate from high school and enroll in college in increasingly high rates, and LCCC has witnessed the growth in the number of students who identify as Hispanic/Latino in recent years. Led by a task force that includes faculty, staff and students, the college has implemented support services and programming to address the challenges and barriers Hispanic students experience in completing their education.
 
The Aspira First-Year Learning course, which will be offered in the fall semester, is one of several first-year experience one-credit classes that LCCC offers and is taught from a Hispanic/Latino perspective. The course covers skills to manage time, planning strategies, relationship development skills, identifying college resources, goal-setting, career exploration, test taking skills, goal setting, and leadership skills, to name a few. In the course, students identify successful role models, discuss what it means to be Latinx at LCCC and discuss difficult topics such as racism and discrimination.
 
Summer Bridge, which is open to all students who need extra help preparing for college coursework, offers a curriculum that focuses on improving students’ skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Sessions start in June with additional offerings in July and will be held remotely. Additional information is available at www.LCCC.edu/summerbridge. Students who have tested into developmental coursework for fall 2021 are eligible.
 
The Students of Color Coalition is a new club dedicated to providing academic and social support to students of color, as well as opportunities that celebrate diversity and prepare students to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.
 
LCCC’s Aspira success coaches work with students and help them navigate college resources to overcome academic, social, technological and organizational barriers. Through the process of coaching, students are empowered to take steps to meet their goals through purposeful relationships and honest communication.
 
The task force continues to work on additional ways to support Hispanic students to encourage them to earn their degrees, including developing a learning community that combines courses and builds a cohort of students. In addition, plans are in place to offer a Latin American studies course in the fall that focuses on social inequality, political conflict and construction of race/ethnicity within Latin America.
 
Students are encouraged to register now for either the summer or fall semesters. Five- and 10-week summer sessions begin May 17, with an additional five-week session beginning July 6. The fall semester starts Aug. 21. New students can contact Admissions at Admissions@LCCC.edu or 610-799-1575 for more information.