The ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) program has been proactively engaging Iowa’s growing Latino population since 2007 and has earned national recognition for its work with Iowa’s Latinos. Through partnerships with local governments, economic development groups, and a peer university, ISU Extension CED employs five community development specialists who are fluent in Spanish and have expertise in Latino community and economic development.
The Latino families in northwest Iowa now have the opportunity to better prepare their children for higher education.
On April 12, 2013, the city of Ottumwa and CED specialist Himar Hernandez made national news on the NBC TODAY Show in a feature about communities adapting to changing populations.
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted ISU Extension Community and Economic Development’s Himar Hernandez, community development specialist, in their recent article, "In Eastern Iowa, an Extension Agent Works to Revive a Faded City." The article discusses Hernandez work with the Wapello County Extension Office and the city of Ottumwa.