The Kresge Foundation

Monday, January 23, 2012

The ACA has been awarded a two-year grant from The Kresge Foundation to assist our campuses in preparing for the burgeoning Latino Student population in the Southeastern United States.

While we often think of the Northeast and Southwest as Latino population centers, growth of Latino populations is occurring in Central Appalachia, with recent surveys showing Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia among the top five greatest percentage growth of Latino populations. Since 2002, the Latino population in Kentucky has grown 122%: in Fayette County, Kentucky, 9% of K-12 students are Latino. By 2018-19, nationally, Latino students are projected to make up 27.2% of the United States high school population.

We will be working with Excelencia in Education, a Washington, DC-based group on helping ACA colleges prepare for this new challenge. Our first step will be to do an environmental scan and develop an advisory group among the deans as we move forward, our next step will be an Institute in September of 2012 where we will invite cross-disciplinary groups from our campuses to learn about educating Latino students, and then, those that attend the Institute will be eligible for programming funding and further training in enhancing Latino Student success on our campuses.


The Kresge Foundation:

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations working in its seven program areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. In 2010, the Board of Trustees approved 481 awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit