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 grassroots 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 the community at large, mentoring, and cultural and integration programs.
Throughout its existence, EDUCA has worked with the Mexican Consulate to coordinate the INEA programs through Plaza Comunitaria. EDUCA has also collaborated with local organizations, such as Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE), Head Start, WorkOne, University of Southern Indiana, The Kentucky Women Foundation, Owensboro Museum of Sciences and History, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the YMCA.
EDUCA has held many programs, such as: