Our history

In 2007, Arcea Zapata de Aston, a Professor of languages at several local colleges, and her undergraduate Spanish students began teaching English as a second language to the Latino population in the area. This effort evolved into EDUCA, a local grassroots and outreach organization that helps the growing Latino community in Evansville, IN and Owensboro, KY by offering English as a second language , Spanish for Heritage speakers and to the Anglo community, mentoring, cultural and integration programs to the Latinos and the Evansville and Owensboro community as a whole.

Throughout its time, EDUCA has worked with the Mexican Consulate to coordinate the INEA programs through the Plaza Comunitaria EDUCA as well as worked with several local organizations such as Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE), Head Start, WorkOne, the University of Southern Indiana, The Kentucky Women Foundation, Owensboro Museum of Sciences and History, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the YMCA, among others.

EDUCA has also held many programs, such as:

  • Mentoring and Tutoring Program for Latino Students
  • Soccer Program
  • Tax Consulting Services
  • Guitar and Painting Workshops
  • Leadership Programs
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Showcases - Hispanic Heritage Month, Día de los muertos, and 5 de mayo
  • EDUCA Latino Art Connection - EDULARTES
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • K-12 Tutoring, homework assistance, and craft making
  • Child Care
  • Computer Literacy
  • Cultural Awareness and Developmental Activities
  • Chess Club
  • Citizenship exam preparation
  • GED or High School Diploma (Spanish and English)
  • Literacy - Education for Adults in Spanish
  • Community Health Clinics and Services
  • Reading Club
  • College internships, practicum, and service learning programs with EDUCA