U.S. Army Partners With USHLI to Reinforce Educational and Career Success for Hispanic Youth

Feb 16, 2012, 11:00 ET from U.S. Army

FORT KNOX, Ky., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army is joining forces with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to help ensure Hispanic youth are prepared to attend college and become leaders in their communities. The partnership reflects the high value the Army places on academics and leadership development as paths to success. As part of their ongoing partnership, the Army will sponsor USHLI's annual conference, Feb. 16-18 in Chicago. Army representatives will meet with civic and business leaders, educators and students to highlight the educational resources and career opportunities available to Hispanics through the Army.   

"It's important that our nation's Army reflects the face of America," said Col. (P) Peggy Combs, the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command, who will serve as the senior Army representative at the conference. "We partner with community leaders and educators across the nation to help us reach young Hispanic students who otherwise may not consider the opportunities available to them through the Army."

The Army's commitment to education is evident via the free resources and programs it provides to middle school and high school students. The Army-sponsored March 2 Success program is a free web-based learning tool designed to assist educators, parents and students to prepare for high school entrance and standardized testing, as well as the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Parents and educators interested in learning more about the March 2 Success program should visit the Web site March2Success.com.

The Army also partners with more than 1,700 high schools nationwide in sponsoring Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC. This citizenship program instills leadership, discipline and the value of civic service in over 320,000 high school students. Junior ROTC is also credited with improving attendance rates, GPAs, graduation rates and college attendance in participating high schools.

Additionally, the Army boasts the nation's largest college scholarship program, investing almost $280 million at more than 1,100 college campuses nationwide through its senior ROTC program, the Army's primary commissioning source. For more information about scholarship opportunities visit GoArmyROTC.com.

At the USHLI convention, Army representatives will also highlight some of the more than 150 career fields available in the Army. These opportunities include engineering, multimedia illustration, and aviation operation; careers that are directly applicable to civilian life. In addition to the hands-on experience in these high-demand fields, the Army provides leadership training that gives soldiers an added advantage when returning to civilian life.