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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.