At a time when more Hispanic students than ever are enrolling in the Connecticut state university system, including Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, The News-Times examines what this trend means to local Hispanic families, the local economy and WestConn.

According to the state university system, there was a 34 percent increase in Hispanic students from 2007 to 2010.

Some of these students are the children of immigrant parents. Others are the first ones in their families to attend college. Some are both.

With an educated workforce critical to the Greater Danbury economy -- and with about 25 percent of Danbury's population Hispanic, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau -- Hispanic college graduates will likely play a big role in the area's future economic success.

To learn more about Hispanic higher education at WestConn, be sure to read our coverage Sunday, Oct. 9, exclusively in the print edition of The News-Times.