JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Charlotte, NC. October 5, 2019. Metropolitan College of Professional Studies attended for the fifth year in a row the 2019 Latin American Excelente Awards by Spanish newspaper La Noticia. Nontraditional and traditional students represented the college, as well as members of faculty and staff. This was a unique occasion to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and continue strengthening the collaborations that JCSU has developed throughout the years with the Latino community in Charlotte.

According to the United States Census, the population growth in North Carolina from 2010 to 2016, shows that the Latino sector is growing at a more than double rate than the general population. The numbers indicate that the Latino growth is 14% versus 6% for the general population. Furthermore, the average age of the population in North Carolina is 24 years old for Latinos, compared to 41 years old for the general population.

Dr. Laura Colson McLean, Dean of Metropolitan College of Professional Studies said that “we are proud to support the excellence of the Latino community and to collaborate in initiatives that provide access to education and opportunities for all.”

This year the college’s table counted with the presence of Dr. Takeem Dean; Dr. Eduardo Haynes and his wife; Dr. David Luciano; Mrs. Irene Sandoval Arce; nontraditional students Ms. Dawn Arvelo and Mr. and Mrs. El-Haaj Fernandes; and traditional students Zabdiel Escalona and Maria Fernanda Parra.

In 2013, Johnson C. Smith University’s President, Dr. Ronald L. Carter, was granted the “La Noticia Newspaper Excelente Award” as the Non Latin Person Most Supportive of the Latino Community.

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