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Bellevue University Opens Registration for 2024 Latino Conference for High Schoolers

February 16 Conference Attendees Have Opportunities for Scholarships from Area Universities

Calling all area high school juniors and seniors! Bellevue University will host its annual El Camino Latino Conference on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

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 2:30 p.m. at the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, 812 Bruin Blvd., on the Bellevue University campus. 

Students can register online for the free conference.

“We want to bring area Latino students together and help prepare them to be successful as they embark on their next educational chapter,” said Gina Ponce, Director of Latino Community Outreach at Bellevue University. 

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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 at least 10 $1,000 scholarships awarded to conference attendees,” she said. Scholarships will be provided by Bellevue University and Metropolitan Community College.

The high school juniors and seniors attending from across the state will hear from leaders at four featured companies including Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra, Mutual of Omaha and others. 

There will be two keynote speakers for the conference. The first keynote will be Lina Traslaviña Stover, Ph.D., Executive Director of Omaha's Heartland Workers Center. The second keynote address will be delivered by Luis Olivas, Director of the Office for Intercultural Engagement and Leadership at University of Nebraska Kearney.

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 Kathy Bossman, Fire Chief, Omaha Fire Department; Dalia Ruvalcaba, Independent Mental Health Practitioner, Radiant Counseling; and Jorge Clemow, Probation Officer, Douglas County. Additional panelists will be announced later this month.

The last day to register for the conference is Monday, Feb. 12. 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 (