Generation Texas Week

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Generation Texas (GenTX) College Application Campaign to be held during GenTX Week, November 17-21, 2014 at Texas High Schools

This year GenTX Week is focused on a College Application Campaign, to be held November 17-21, 2014 at Texas high schools across the state.  As part of the nationwide American College Application Campaign® (ACAC) initiative, the GenTX Week Application Campaign seeks to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year, with an additional focus on first-generation and low-income students as well as students who may not otherwise apply to college.

 

During the GenTX Application Campaign, students at participating high schools will be assisted as they complete college applications during the school day. Our goal for GenTX Week is that each participating student submit at least one college application to any of 148 public and independent institutions of higher education in Texas, or any institution of higher education they choose. Texas students will be prepared in advance to complete the college application process, and they will be able to follow-through to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

There are several simple but critical steps to put into place prior to holding your school’s GenTX Week College Application event.  We suggest a 12 step program at the minimum!

  1. Reserve the computer lab for the day you intend to hold your event.
  2. Communicate with students, families, school teachers, and volunteers about your event.
  3. Support students as they research post-secondary options that best match their skills, interests, and abilities.
  4. Research and provide eligible students with application fee waiver information.
  5. Confirm the computer facilities prior to the event.
  6. Create a schedule for volunteers.
  7. Re-inform parents about the GenTX week college application campaign using a phone tree.
  8. Remind teachers and administrators of the event schedule and ensure that seniors have the opportunity to participate.
  9. A week ahead, make sure that students have required essays or personal statements, have them proofed, in a final version, and ready to bring to the event.
  10. Alert local media about your event.
  11. Make certain that your students register for their FAFSA PIN during the College Application event.
  12. Submit photos, links to videos, stories, etc. to [email protected]

Schools that have already committed to participate:

Bowie High School Arlington Independent School District
Polytechnic High School Arlington Independent School District
Sam Houston High School Arlington Independent School District
Seguin High School Arlington Independent School District
Akins High School Austin Independent School District
Reagan High School Austin Independent School District
Travis High School Austin Independent School District
Haltom High School Birdville Independent School District
Brookeland High School Brookeland Independent School District
Porter High School Brownsville Independent School District
James Pace High School Brownsville Independent School District
Lopez Early College High School Brownsville Independent School District
Memorial High School Edgewood Independent School District
Arlington Heights High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Carter Riverside High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Diamond Hill Jarvis High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Dunbar High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Eastern Hills High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Marine Creek Collegiate Fort Worth Independent School District
North Side High School Fort Worth Independent School District
OD Wyatt High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Paschal High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Polytechnic High School Fort Worth Independent School District
South Hills High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Southwest High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences Fort Worth Independent School District
Trimble Tech High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Western Hills High School Fort Worth Independent School District
Crosswinds High School Grand Prairie Independent School District
Dubiski Career High School Grand Prairie Independent School District
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Grand Prairie Independent School District
Grand Prairie High School Grand Prairie Independent School District
South Grand Prairie High School Grand Prairie Independent School District
Grandview High School Grandview Independent School District
Hays High School Hays Independent School District
Lehman High School Hays Independent School District
Irving High School Irving Independent School District
Lasara High School Lasara Independent School District
Lockhart High School Lockhart Independent School District
Nacogdoches High School Nacogdoches Independent School District
Nacogdoches High School Nacogdoches Independent School District
Lee High School North East Independent School District
MacArthur High School North East Independent School District
Madison High School North East Independent School District
Roosevelt High School North East Independent School District
Connally High School Pflugerville Independent School District
Progreso Early College High School Progreso Independent School District
PSJA Memorial High School PSJA Independent School District
PSJA Southwest Early College High School PSJA Independent School District
Rains High School Rains Independent School District
Roma High School Roma Independent School District
Lanier High School San Antonio Independent School District
Southwest High School San Antonio Independent School District
Phoenix High School San Marcos Independent School District
San Marcos High School San Marcos Independent School District

 

This is the second year that Texas has hosted the College Application Campaign. The Campaign is designed to enhance and expand the college going culture in Texas, using existing networks and infrastructure, such as school personnel and volunteers, which are low-cost or no cost.

 

The GenTX Week College Application Campaign is supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the GenTX Steering Committee, and GenTX partners.

 

ACAC, an initiative of the American Council on Education (ACE), in 2013 reached 39 states and the District of Columbia, 2,500 schools and 150,000 students—and generated 220,000 college applications nationally. During the 2014 school year, all 50 states and DC will be participating in the ACE campaign.

 

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