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 "Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor is enlisting the aid of Florida colleges and universities with large numbers of Hispanic students to participate in new workforce development initiatives for today's diverse labor market.

The Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration will join the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) at a technical assistance conference Nov. 29-30 at the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade Community College.

The conference is entitled, ""Preparing the Workforce for a High Tech Workplace: Lessons Learned, Models for Success, and Partnerships."" Miami-Dade Community College is a member of HACU and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). HSI is a federal designation for those college campuses with a full-time student enrollment that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. Florida is home to 17 HACU member and associate member campuses invited to attend this meeting.

The Florida conference is the second in a series of workshops sponsored by HACU and the Labor Department to involve more HSIs and the Hispanic communities they serve in workforce development projects. These projects can range from the creation of new job training centers for all Florida workers to projects specifically targeting the Hispanic current and future work force. The first conference was held last fall in Santa Monica, California.

HACU represents more than 270 HSIs and other colleges and universities with high Hispanic student enrollment rates in the United States and Puerto Rico.

For more information, contact Cindy Sanchez at HACU's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 833-8361. "