HITN TV and HACU to Co-Host ‘Hispanic Higher Education’ Town Hall Forum...

HITN TV and HACU to Co-Host ‘Hispanic Higher Education’ Town Hall Forum and Present Needs and Solutions to 2008 Presidential Candidates

Key Recommendations by Leading Educators to Hold Presidential Candidates Accountable for Hispanic Higher Education and Latino Youth


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    NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE — After successfully launching the debut of its television series Destination Casa Blanca 2008, the Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network (HITN) has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) for a special town hall forum on "Hispanic Higher Education." The forum will be broadcast live to HITN’s 33 million household viewers nationwide on October 13, 2008 at 5:30pm (ET) from Denver, CO.
 
    "As the Nation’s premier educational and cultural network, HITN TV is dedicated to serve the needs of Latino consumers," said José Luis Rodríguez, CEO and Founder of HITN TV. "We are pleased to partner with HACU to make this important effort and ensure that Latinos are not left behind." 
 
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos represent 13% of the total population or 38 million people. It is projected that by the year 2050, one-quarter of the U.S. population will be Latino. The Bureau also projects that the Latino school-age population will increase by 166% by the year 2050, while the non-Latino school-age population will grow by just 4% over this same period. 
 
    "As the youngest and fastest-growing segment of society in the US, Hispanics are increasingly becoming the workforce for tomorrow," said Dr. Antonio Flores, President and CEO of HACU. "The better educated our workforce, the better the US can compete in the global economy."
 
    Panelists participating in the live telecast of the special town hall forum will examine key issues impacting Latino youth, and HACU will present the presidential candidates with key solutions and recommendations. The forum is part of Destination Casa Blanca 2008: The Latino Voice in the Presidential Election series which examines both presidential candidates’ platforms regarding issues that impact U.S. Latinos.  
 
    "This forum is part of HITN and HACU’s mission to provide the right tools and education to help Latinos make the best decision during this presidential election," adds Mr. Rodríguez. "HITN is pleased to continue its role in educating the Hispanic community with the second half of the series on October 30th in Miami, Fla."
 
    In April 2008, HITN launched its new television series, Destination Casa Blanca 2008: The Latino Voice in the Presidential Election. The English-language program marks the first time in history that a nation-wide television show is dedicated solely to issues affecting the Hispanic community. Destination Casa Blanca 2008 is hosted by award-winning broadcast journalists Ray Suarez and Marlene Fernández. The news magazine show is also available on the Elections ’08 Video On Demand Channel reaching a total of 29 million cable homes nationwide. 
 
    More information about Destination Casa Blanca 2008 can be found at http://www.HITN.org .  
 
    About HACU
    The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Today, HACU represents approximately 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. HACU is the only national association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Recently, HACU was named one of the nation’s top Hispanic non-profits by Hispanic Business magazine (May 2008). HACU is committed to assuring higher education access and success for Hispanic students.
 
    About HITN
    The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN) was established in 1983 as a private non-profit organization to create a network of non-commercial telecommunications facilities to advance the educational, social, cultural, and economic aspirations of Hispanics. Today HITN-TV remains the first and only media conduit offering educational, enriching and empowering content to our nation’s fastest growing ethnic group. HITN is available on Dish Network; DirecTV; Time Warner Cable (NY, NJ, and TX); Comcast (IL, CO); Charter (CA, NV, WA, GA); AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOs nationwide. For more information please visit http://www.hitn.org .
 
    HITN: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS AS AMERICA’S FIRST PUBLIC TELEVISION NETWORK
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HITN TV and HACU to Co-Host ‘Hispanic Higher Education’ Town Hall Forum and Present Needs and Solutions to 2008 Presidential Candidates