Power In Knowledge: Latinos Represent Colorado's Talent Pipeline of Tomorrow

The LLI and The Education Trust have partnered to lead a breakfast panel discussion and reveal relevant data about Colorado’s educational landscape. Panelists will discuss evidence-based practices that can increase Latino student achievement and supply Colorado’s future workforce. Across the K-16 pipeline, the dynamics of a growing population create opportunities and challenges for educators, policymakers, and families. With the notion that education is the primary means to improve human capital, the panel will bring together state leaders who will discuss the practices that can accelerate Latino student success.


April 23, 2019


University of Denver
SIE Center Complex (5th Floor)


Registration & Breakfast: 7:30AM – 8AM
Program: 8AM – 9:30AM


Dr. Wil Del Pilar
Vice President for Higher Education
The Education Trust

Panel Discussion

Joe Garcia
Chancellor, Colorado Community College System
Chris Gdowski
Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Mark Goodman
Chief Marketing Officer, Vistage Worldwide
Charlotte Macaluso
Superintendent, Pueblo City Schools District 60
Tonette Salazar
Principal, Salazar & Associates


Non-Profit Leaders

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Limited seating at $40/person. Deadline to RSVP is on April 16.

With the 8th largest Latino population in the U.S., Colorado is projected to show a continued increase in Latino population growth over the next three decades. Today, K-12 Latino enrollment in Colorado public schools is at 33 percent compared to the overall Latino population of 21 percent. Currently, Colorado has the second largest degree attainment gap in the country. According to the Bell Policy Center, 20 percent of adult Latinos in Colorado have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree compared to 55 percent of whites. This 35 percent equity gap trails only the state of California.

Opportunities exist throughout the education pipeline to increase K-12 achievement, college readiness, college enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment.  By 2020, 75 percent of jobs in Colorado will require a postsecondary credential, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Thus, filling this workforce pipeline is not only Colorado’s test, it is also the Latino community’s greatest educational opportunity.

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