San Antonio Selected as Pilot Site for Higher Education Initiative

8:32 AM in GenerationTX by dev_admin

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has unveiled a multi-year statewide initiative designed to encourage more Texas youth to pursue higher education.

Generation TX is being mobilized as a grassroots initiative with the goal of creating a larger pool of college and career-ready workers in Texas. The program is being funding through a $3 million federal College Access Challenge Grant.

“The most effective way for young Texans to improve their lives is by pursuing higher education,” says Gov. Rick Perry. “Education will set them on a course for continued success, greater prosperity, and a brighter future. Generation TX will help students achieve their dreams by opening their eyes to even greater possibility.”

The state higher education board also selected San Antonio and Fort Worth as pilot program markets. Generation TX seeks to increase awareness of and support for Texas College and Career Readiness Standards; streamline the process of applying for college admission and financial aid; and create a commitment among local and statewide stateholders to foster a culture in Texas whereby people are actively seeking higher education. Generation TX (www.GenTX.org) will launch its program in San Antonio and Fort Worth at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. These pilot markets will help lay the foundation for the program’s implementation statewide.

In San Antonio, Generation TX is forming a partnership with the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County to work with students in 15 school districts. The term P16Plus refers to education and workforce development from pre-K through 12th grade and four years of college.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to join together with Generation TX on this important effort,” says P16Plus Chairman Bartell Zachry. “We just saw tremendous alignment between our efforts and Generation TX in reaching as many young people and parents as possible.”

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro agrees.

“One of our strengths as a community is that our school districts, businesses and nonprofits are working together toward this common goal,” the mayor says. “Generation TX is the way for us to bring all of our efforts together for maximum impact.”