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Laredo College celebrates Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 75th anniversary kick-off with a proclamation 

HSI Week & 75th Anniversary

Laredo College Board of Trustees, executives, administrators, students and honored guests witnessed a historic proclamation marking the celebration of National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week with a memorable event that also served to kick off LC’s 75th Anniversary programming as the institution celebrated its 75-year legacy of excellence in higher education with all attendees.



Hispanic- Serving Institutions Week

Each year, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) calls on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to observe National HSI Week. This week recognizes the many colleges and universities throughout the nation for their work and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth.


Our institution is an active member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion Hispanic student success in higher education by promoting the development of member colleges and universities, improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.


For almost 75 years, LC has historically championed the academic success of thousands of Laredo and surrounding areas, most of whom are Hispanic. In the summer of 2021, the college was even privileged to be designated the top Hispanic-Serving Institution by Affordable Colleges Online, a college rankings and student resource website. 


ProclamationThe Celebration

City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz also honored the institution with a proclamation that brought together the community to celebrate this momentous occasion. Laredo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sylvia Rios also joined the beginning of the celebration, as they recollected how the district and LC began a college to educate the community 75 years ago.  Representatives from the office of State Representative Richard Raymond also expressed their excitement about these 75 years of accomplishments. Representatives from the office of Congressman Henry Cuellar presented LC with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for serving Laredoans for almost 75 years by providing high quality educational programs and services. A representative from State Senator Judith Zaffirini’s office provided a unique gift that included a Texas flag that had been flown over the state capitol with its certificate of authenticity.


The event served as an opportunity to thank and recognize everyone who has made this institution a possibility for many Hispanics and the fantastic activities that will kick off the Laredo College 75th anniversary celebration.  


Laredo College since its inception

“Laredo’s first institution of higher learning was established to serve the needs of a bustling city that was yearning for a place that offered academic excellence,” said LC Interim President Dr. Marisela Rodriguez Tijerina. “As an institution with a rich history, Laredo College has gone through multiple name changes, structure redesigns and leaders, yet it remains and will continue to be a historic gem that shines throughout South Texas.”


Today, the college is a two-campus district serving the diverse needs of a growing community. The downtown Fort McIntosh Campus maintains its historic origins, while history begins anew at our South Campus in South Laredo, with contemporary architecture and the latest technology.HSI Week  


Both campuses serve a three-county area composed of Webb, Jim Hogg and Zapata counties. Our two campuses serve more than 10,000 students each year through a variety of affordable academic programs, technical and vocational programs, non-credit community interest courses, adult education courses and endless opportunities to train for a career in any profession they choose and the option to earn credits for major universities across Texas.


Student graduate knowing they attended a college with stellar designations in various areas such as the #1 nursing program, 100% passing rates in various fields, the #1 college in Texas with the lowest graduate debt, the lowest student debt-to-income ratio amongst two-year public colleges in the nation and #1 community college in Texas.


On this 75th Anniversary, LC reinforces its mission of being a learner-centered institution of higher education, thereby transforming the lives of our students and community through educational programs and services to fulfill the dynamic needs of our local, regional, national, and global communities.