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Bellevue University’s El Camino Latino Center To Hold Open House August 19


As universities across the country continue to see an increase in Latino students enrolling in classes to pursue higher education, Bellevue University is boldly adapting its campus and will officially open the El Camino Latino Center in August. 

To celebrate the center’s opening, the University will host an open house Thursday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Center is located on the campus of Bellevue University inside the Freeman/Lozier Library at 1028 Bruin Blvd. and the open house event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP to the event by Monday, Aug. 16, by sending an email to Gina Ponce, Director of Latino Community Outreach, at giponce@bellevue.edu. 

“The El Camino Latino Center is dedicated to supporting the Latino student’s academic journey, both professionally and personally,” Ponce said. “El Camino means ‘the path,’ and we are here to provide services to assist students in the progression of their journey.”

The El Camino Latino Center connects Latino students with employers in Omaha and Bellevue well before graduation. During its first year, Bellevue University will partner with local employers across several industries who will have physical office space on campus in the center. Ponce said this will allow students to connect with the employers directly. The center will be open to high school juniors and seniors from across the community, as well as current Bellevue University students.

Guests who attend the open house will have the opportunity to tour the new center and learn about the current and future services. Bellevue University will also provide light hors d'oeuvres, beverages and cultural musical entertainment. 

The El Camino Latino Center currently partners with organizations such as Omaha Bridges, Mundo Latino Newspaper, Heartland Workforce Center, Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, Couture Virtual Consultant and Goodwill Industries. 

For more information about the El Camino Latino Center and the open house, contact Ponce at giponce@bellevue.edu or by phone at 402-557-7252.

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 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 (hlcommission.org).