Educators Start Early to Create a College-Going Culture Among Hispanics in Texas

Educators Start Early to Create a College-Going Culture Among Hispanics in Texas 1

Photographs for The Chronicle of Higher Education by Gabe Hernandez

Sporting new "Future Student" T-shirts from South Texas College, youngsters at Evangelina Garza Elementary School in Mission, Tex., listen as the college's president, Shirley Reed, gently explains the wisdom of getting a higher education.

After listening to a recruiting pitch from the president of South Texas College, Juan Carlos Martinez Jr. is sold.

Many Hispanic boys who grow up amid the ramshackle colonias and parched citrus groves along the border with Mexico will drop out before graduating from high school, but Juan Carlos wants to go to college. While his understanding of the benefits of higher education may be a bit fuzzy, he'll have plenty of time to make the case to his parents. After all, he's only