ERIC Number: ED359832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Socioeconomic Profile of the Client Population. The Effects of Poor Education.
Ruano, Jorge J.
The socioeconomic profile of clients who received the services of the Hispanic Liaison Program (HLP) from May 1991 to October 1992 is presented. The HLP's primary objective is to serve as a link between the existing services in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and the Hispanic population, a group of people often underserved due to language, cultural, and economic barriers. Statistics were gathered from the main client database and organized according to their educational attainment level. Four categories were established: elementary, high school, vocational, and college. The data make it clear that education has a significant impact on the economic standing of the Hispanic population, with the more educated clients having a higher annual income, smaller family size, more normalized immigration status, and better employment opportunities. Mexican Americans were concentrated in the undereducated group and other Hispanic ethnic groups were highly represented in the college group. Additional findings are: (1) there is a large group of single, undereducated clients; (2) college-educated families tend to use Spanish more often at home than high school-educated families; (3) 100 percent of the elderly clients are concentrated in the undereducated groups; (4) 17 percent of the clients are non-documented, 35 percent are U.S. citizens, 33 percent are permanent residents, and the remaining 14 percent are unknown, visitors, or temporary workers; and (5) 66 percent of the clients are under 35 years old. Tables and graphs illustrate the findings. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic American Council, Kalamazoo, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan