San José, Calif. - December 15, 2010- The National Hispanic University (NHU) is furthering its national reputation of providing Latinos with access to quality higher education through its Early University Program (EUP). With carefully designed courses, the EUP blends high school and college learning experiences and prepares Latino students for a successful university career by allowing them to earn 20-30 college credits while still in high school.
The two- year-old program is a unique partnership between California’s Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA), a bilingual charter high school, and NHU. Qualified students can enroll in the program in their junior and senior years. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, be recommended by the high school, and pass the university’s English and math placement exams.
This year, over 100 LCPA students are taking university courses through the EUP. Some of the courses include: College English and Calculus, Latino Drama, Psychology, and Chicano/Latino Culture.
Many of the EUP students continue their education at NHU after high school graduation.
Out of 52 EUP graduates last year, eight continued their studies at NHU, 29 at another university, 14 at local community colleges and one joined the US Army.
“This program helps Latino students earn their college degree,” said Dr. David Lopez, president of NHU. “Ninety-five percent of the graduating seniors have gone on to attend college. This program is an example of how NHU is leveraging innovative educational initiatives to meet the needs of our country’s Latino students.”
In addition to taking university courses from university professors, EUP students participate in extra-curricular activities. Students also have access to the university’s library, computer labs, academic advising, financial aid counseling, and university tutorial services. “The magic of this program is that our students respond to the challenge of the university’s increased expectations. Treat them like university students and they become university students,” said Mike Mooney, EUP program director at NHU.
About The National Hispanic University
The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), http://www.wascsenior.org. More than 500 students attend NHU. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.