Latino students invited to DACA meetings at Ivy Tech Logansport

Federal immigration program may lead to help in paying for college

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus is sponsoring two meetings for Latino students interested in learning how participation in the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy may help in paying for college. The sessions are set for 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Community Room on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

A representative from The Bridge Community Church in Logansport will be answering questions, explaining the process to become a DACA student and discussing how it can help students further their education. Under Pastor Zach Szmara, The Bridge was approved and recognized this year as a Bureau of Immigration Appeals site to offer low-cost immigration legal assistance to people in the Logansport area and help in preparing documents that can lead to legal status.

DACA is a policy of the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services that allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration for deferred action from the USCIS. It is not a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into deportation proceedings or deported from the United States for a specified period of time. Guidelines include being under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; having come to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday; having continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007; being currently in school or having completed high school or being an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Services of the United States; and having no significant criminal conviction and not being considered a threat to national security or public safety.

For more information about the meetings in Logansport, contact Diana Kerrigan, Ivy Tech academic adviser for the Logansport Campus, at 574-753-5101, ext. 2174, or dkerrigan1@ivytech.edu.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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