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Smart Talk: Connecting Latinos; Graphic arts students work with non-profits

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 16, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 16, 2016:

The Latino population in Pennsylvania is booming.  On a national level, Pennsylvania ranks #13 when it comes to total Latino population in the U.S., with more than 750,000 Latinos calling the Keystone State home.  However, as the population grows, many Latinos face challenges.   Thousands don't have health insurance or struggle to find employment despite the advantage of bilingual capabilities--a skill many employers actively recruit.

George Fernandez, the founder and CEO of The Latino Connection, a marketing and communications firm located in Harrisburg, wants to break the disconnect between Latinos and employers. He'll appear on Tuesday's show to discuss the growing Latino population, the challenges of being Latino in the U.S., the relationship between the job market and Latinos, as well as programs offered by The Latino Connection.

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George Fernandez

Also, eight Pennsylvania non-profit organizations will be benefitting from the work of Pennsylvania students this month. Students and faculty from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster are participating in the 2016 Designathon, an event that challenges students to create logos, website brochures, and more for participating non-profit organizations.

Appearing on the show to discuss the Designathon are Pam Barby, chair of the Graphic Design Department of Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Avery Rose, a participating student.

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