The number of 18- to 24-year-olds going to college nationwide is higher than ever. And, who's to thank for the swelling statistic? Hispanics–about 349,000 of them, in fact.
Richard Ramirez, a local education advocate and former dean of student services at Fullerton College, thinks the same is true on the local scale, too.
The number of local Hispanics enrolled in college has likely increased, Ramirez says, because of general population growth. “The rates increase just by the mere fact that the Latino population as a whole has gone up.”