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La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success

Jennifer M. Matos

Almost like a well-kept family recipe, there exists in education secret ingredients into what makes Latinx students successful. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success demonstrates how Latinx parents, a well-kept secret ingredient, assist with the academic success of Latinx students at all educational levels. Understanding the power of this secret ingredient—and how to use it—can have a profound impact on success for Latinxs students and can be used as a model for how to work with and support students from all marginalized groups. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success is suitable for educators at all levels. This book can be used in general education and teacher preparation courses, ethnic studies courses, training for individuals in helping professions, or to launch exciting new dialogue.

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Chapter 7. Manifestations of Cultural Capital: Participants at Holyoke Community College

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Manifestations of Cultural Capital

Participants at Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was founded in 1946 and is the “youngest” of educational institutions featured in this research study. It began as a Junior College that was sponsored by the City of Holyoke. The small college was said to have lacked the resources at the time that were available at more traditional colleges. It started with only two staff members: the college’s founder and his secretary who shared a small room within the space they borrowed from the local high school. Lacking the simple resources needed for the faculty who taught in the evening, the two staff members would steal whatever erasers, pencils, and pieces of chalk that they could.

In January 1968 the college’s newly renovated campus suffered a fire and the campus was completely lost. Despite this tragedy, the college community worked together to ensure that work could begin again in a few days within transitory quarters. The community worked together to bombard the Governor with correspondence that would demand that the school be rebuilt in the town of its origin.

The college has come a long way since its founding over 70 years ago. It now boasts a multi-million-dollar, 165-acre campus and updated technology. The college serves over 9,000 students and is proudest of its history of origi←111 | 112→nality, service to students, and a vision for continued success. Unlike students...

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