LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Leaders in Training (LIT), a local college access and community empowerment nonprofit organization celebrated 28 graduating minority students Saturday morning.
The students live in east or North Las Vegas and are soon to be the first in their family to attend college.
They are defying inequity since Nevada ranked last in education in zip code 89110.
Students within that postal code have a greater chance of dropping out of high school rather than earning a college degree.
"We have a standard that's set lower for us and that we are expected to fit to that," said student Richard Ruiz.
Erica Mosa, LIT's director, said the long term goal is to encourage the students to return to the valley after college to represent their community.
"We model everyday what it means to be both from the community and be proud of your culture. Who you are and still persevere and go to college," said Mosca.