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Bellevue University Opens Registration for 2023 Latino Conference for High School Juniors and Seniors

February 24 Conference Attendees Have Opportunities for Scholarships from Area Universities

Bellevue University will host its annual El Camino Latino Conference on Feb. 24, 2023.

The conference aims to connect high school juniors and seniors with Omaha’s top corporations and their opportunities. The free event will be held in-person from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, 812 Bruin Blvd., on the campus of Bellevue University. 

Students can register online for the free conference.

“We want the El Camino Latino Conference to inspire, empower and help prepare area Latino high school juniors and seniors as they embark on their next educational chapter,” Gina Ponce, Director of Latino Community Outreach at Bellevue University, said.

Ponce noted that this year, those attending will have even more opportunities, thanks to the generosity of several area universities.

“This year, there will be 12 $1,000 scholarships awarded to conference attendees,” she said. “I’m happy to say that the College of Saint Mary and Metro Community College are joining Bellevue University to offer these scholarships to very deserving students.”

The high school juniors seniors attending from across the state will hear from leaders at four featured companies including: Werner Enterprises; UPS (United Parcel Services); Henry Doorly Zoo; and Bank of the West.

Derek Leathers, CEO of Werner Enterprises, will deliver the keynote address for the conference. Leathers has more than three decades of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, including more than 20 years with Werner, where he helped establish and develop the company’s cross-border operations with Mexico and launch Werner Global Logistics.

The conference will also include two panels; one featuring area professionals working in a variety of fields and the other featuring area college students pursuing degrees in a variety of fields. The professional panel will include Ross Pesek, attorney; Lydia Zaragoza, Omaha Fire Department; Dulce Sherman, human resources leader and consultant; Rony Ortega, incoming Superintendent of Sioux City school district; DaeJanira Lyncook, mental health practitioner; and Greg Gonzalez, retired police officer.

The last day to register for the conference is Monday, Feb. 20. To register, visit

The El Camino Latino Center serves students, their families and the Latino community. It is located on the campus of Bellevue University inside the Freeman/Lozier Library. 

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (