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Family nights at Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus: at a glance.

What: Events aimed at creating a college-going culture in local ethnic communities, where attendees can get direction on career choice, applying to college, and paying for college. Community leaders and current Des Moines Area Community College students are often involved in planning and sharing stories. At the end of the evening, a scholarship drawing is held.

Why: Des Moines is becoming more diverse, with a growing population of Latinos from Central America; Asians from Burma, Nepal and Bhutan; and Africans.

Latino Family Night (2014 and 2015) 75+ attendees, with students signing up to attend the community college and apply for financial aid on the spot 10.9%--Latino student population at the college after the first year of family night (up from 9.2%)

25%--Latino students enrolled in Des Moines Public Schools (2015-16)

3rd annual event to be held this fall Asian and Pacific Islander Family Night (2015 and 2016)

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75+ attendees each year, with students enrolling at the event 7.4%--Asian and Pacific Islander population at the community college in fall 2015 (up from 6.6% the previous year) 7.8%--Asian and Pacific Islander students enrolled in Des Moines Public Schools (2015-16)

African Family Night (2016)

150+ attendees

18%--African-American population (plus recent arrivals from Africa) at the community college in fall 2015 18.3%--African-American students enrolled in Des Moines Public Schools (2015-16)

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Asian and Pacific Islander Family Night

Source: Laura L. Douglas, provost, Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus

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Date:Sep 1, 2016
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