Can you believe that in the year 2000, not even half of all Hispanic high school graduates went on to college? Well, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, that's changed dramatically.
A record number of Latinos are now enrolled in college. That study found that almost seven out of every ten Hispanic high school graduates from the class of 2012 enrolled in college last fall. That's two percentage points higher than the rate for Whites and six percentage points higher than Blacks.
Those record enrollment rates for Latino students are showing up at local campuses too. On Monday, we met up with a Siouxlander who's happy to be a part of that growing trend.
Cynthia Zavalza, a West High graduate, is the first in her family to not only graduate high school, but also go to college. She was born in Mexico and now she'll be attending Briar Cliff University in August. Cynthia is ready to crack the books, saying, " I'm just really excited to do that. And I've been doing my hardest at school. I've always tried my hardest."
Cynthia's hard work is really paying off - her tuition is completely covered through scholarships. And she says her parents couldn't be prouder. "They think it's a big accomplishment because I'm one of the first ones. They just think that it's really important to keep getting an education because that's why we came here. When you go to college we better our generation and better ourselves as well."