December 17, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment The growing number of Hispanic and Latino individuals who are seeking a college degree have caused many schools to provide more courses that cater to Spanish-speaking people. For example, officials from the International Hispanic Online University recently announced the launch of a new course that is intended to help Latinos transition into the American culture. The online course is designed for students and working professionals who wish to learn more about the U.S. College officials said that enrollees will obtain a general understanding of the concepts and methods that help shape America. Furthermore, they added that students will learn the value of higher education and the challenges of pursuing a college degree. After completing the course, enrollees will develop the ability to think critically by utilizing resource available in their community. According to a 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium, nearly 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall semester of 2008. These numbers represent a 17 percent increase since 2007.