January 30, 2012
In addition to funding outreach activities, the grant will also provide $50,000 in scholarships to first-year college students.
Texas Tech’s College of Education, in collaboration with the South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The grant will fund outreach activities to promote a college-going culture in the region. The College of Education Project FUTURE program, which serves sixth through 12th-grade students, will provide opportunities to learn about college and to consider careers as educators.
Janie Ramirez, outreach programs administrator for the College of Education and executive director for the South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council, said the grant is important to Texas Tech and the community because it will help improve the academic achievement and graduation attainment of underserved populations in the region.
“The grant will bring greater awareness of the need to increase our college-going rates,” Ramirez said, “as well as provide students and parents with opportunities to take advantage of higher education.”
The program will work with 13 partnering school districts which represent 70 percent of the total student population in the region, or about 53,000 students, 60 percent of whom are Hispanic.
In addition, the grant will allow work-study interns to conduct on-site mentoring services at 16 area high schools. The interns will assist students and parents with college preparedness by using the statewide resources of the Generation Texas campaign.
The grant will also provide $50,000 in scholarships to first-year college students. The scholarship will be matched by Texas Tech.
The regions college-going rate is 52.5 percent compared to the state’s average of 55 percent.
“Providing the region with resources that are going to improve these rates is critical to the economic success of the area,” Ramirez said.
The opportunity for the council to help jumpstart this effort and promote the Generation Texas campaign will directly affect the state’s ability to achieve the goals of Closing the Gaps in 2015.
The campaign features online college and career resources at www.GenTX.org.
The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.
Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy and secondary education.
The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology and special education.