In order for America to continue being America, it needs more college graduates to fill the job demands of the future. Although it is the fastest growing population in the nation, Hispanics attain college degrees at half the rate of their peers. Overall only 13% have a 4-year college degree and 19% a 2-year degree or higher.

To restore America’s lead in the world, we need to increase Hispanic college graduation from 19% to 60% by the year 2025.  We need 14 million more Hispanic graduates.

That is why we launched the Generation 1st Degree initiative to close the “degree gap” that exists between Latino students and their peers by helping at least one person in each household earn a college degree so they can, in turn, motivate and help others in the family to seek the same achievement.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey. U.S. Census Bureau