GenTX-Victoria partners will host events to help youth plan for college
Career & College Coaches, jointly employed by Victoria ISD and Victoria College, recently attended a counselor update meeting in Corpus Christi.

This year, GenTX-Victoria partners will offer local high school students and their families numerous opportunities to gain information and assistance with preparing for college.

High school seniors can obtain GenTX Passports that guide them through completing important tasks, including applying for college, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships, completing college placement exams and participating in a number of scheduled events, for a chance to win scholarships and other prizes.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, representatives from five universities will be available at a College Conversations panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. at the University of Houston-Victoria University Center. One-on-one college advising will be offered after the discussion. Participating universities include UHV, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

College Knowledge Night at Victoria West High School is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. Students and parents can get information on the college application process, testing requirements, deadlines, financial assistance and more.

An “E2E Summit: Education to Employment” will be offered for high school seniors on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria. High school seniors will learn about career, education and training opportunities. Seniors at Victoria’s East and West high schools can sign up to attend the E2E Summit at the Career & College Center in their school’s library.

Students at Victoria East and West are encouraged to visit their College & Career Center, formerly called the College Access Resources and Success Center, to discuss their postsecondary plans. Career & College Coaches, jointly employed by Victoria College and Victoria ISD, are available to assist students and parents with information on the college admissions process.

“These onsite coaches play a vital role in communicating the steps students need to take to gain admission and enroll into colleges and universities,” said GenTX-Victoria Co-chair and VISD Counseling Coordinator Kimberly Motley. “They are available daily on campus to provide any information needed to guide students and their parents through the process.”

Students and parents at other schools in the area are encouraged to ask their high school counselors about participating in GenTX-Victoria events or call (361) 573-3291 for more information.

GenTX-Victoria will host three events in November, GenTX Month, when GenTX partners across the state will focus on helping students apply for college and financial aid.

College and university representatives from schools across the state will be available to visit with students and parents at College Night, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Students can get one-on-one assistance with completing an application, applying for financial aid and seeking scholarship opportunities on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the GenTX Way to Pay Day from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University of Houston-Victoria University Center. During the week of Nov. 14-18, area schools will spotlight colleges and careers as a part of GenTX Week. Scheduled activities include live video chats with original “Freedom Writers,” door decorating contests, face painting and college mascot visits.

GenTX-Victoria is entering its fifth year as part of the statewide Generation TX movement and continues to expand community-wide efforts to support students as they prepare for life after high school.

“We want to help our youth start thinking about that next step after graduating from high school, whether that be a four-year degree, a two-year degree, or a 12-week training course that leads to an industry-recognized credential.” said Darin Kazmir, GenTX-Victoria co-chair and Victoria College director of Marketing and Communications. “That’s what the GenTX-Victoria partnership is all about: encouraging our youth to pursue education or training after high school and helping them and their families navigate the process.”

This year’s GenTX-Victoria sponsors are Victoria ISD, Victoria College, University of Houston-Victoria, Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent, Communities in Schools of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Chamber of Commerce and DeTar Healthcare System.

Pictured from left are Bailey Koebrick, Career & College Center assistant; Araceli Zubieta, Career & College Coach at Victoria East High School; and Maria Rico, Career & College Coach at Victoria West High School. The Career & College Center is located in the libraries at the Victoria East and West high school campuses.


Published: Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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