Why Latinx Enrollment At IL Community Colleges Holds Steady, But Gaps In Degree Attainment Persist

When Francisco Gamino arrived at Parkland College four years ago, he didn’t know how to balance work and find the time he needed to study.

“For me, just getting to college was a challenge, because I’ve been working since early high school,” he said. Gamino is a 22-year-old first-generation Latinx college student from Champaign.

He enrolled at Parkland College — a community college in east-central Illinois — because he couldn’t afford to go anywhere else.

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