1.30.2007

Kentucky's Growing Number of Latino College Students

At age 15, Georgina Vanegas Hernandez left her family in Michoacan, Mexico, and moved to the United States. With help from the minister of her church and his wife, Hernandez became a legal resident and was an honor roll student in high school.

She's now a freshman at Lexington, Kentucky's Transylvania University.

She is one of the increasing number of Latinos living in the Bluegrass and going to college. For example, the University of Kentucky reported a dramatic increase in Latino freshman enrollment, an all-time high of 57, up from 37 last year.

Nuestro Kentucky is a monthly photo column focusing on life in Kentucky's growing Latino community. An increasing population of Latinos from other countries and other parts of America are choosing the Bluegrass to live, work and play. Each month in Communities, a single photo will explore an aspect of life in this often overlooked population.