TEXAS TECH SET TO HOST MORE THAN 700 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RURAL EDUCATION OUTREACH INITIATIVE

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Nov. 7, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK - Texas Tech is set to kick off the Ultimate Education Summit, an initiative that will host more than 700 area high school students from Lubbock and surrounding rural communities to underscore the importance of higher education.

The event will feature speakers from throughout the state who will discuss topics and issues useful to students, educators and community leaders. The event is co-sponsored by the South Plains Closing the Gaps Initiative, an organization focused on bringing more area Texans to institutes of higher learning. Students from the Lubbock High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter assisted in organizing the event.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to education and highlight the benefits of higher education to students in our area,” said Sheryl Santos, dean of the Texas Tech College of Education and chair of the South Plains Closing the Gaps initiative. “This is a large-scale effort to reach out to our youths.”

The event will take place Nov. 9 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

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CONTACT: Janie Ramirez, outreach specialist, Texas Tech University College of Education, (806) 742-1997, janie.ramirez@ttu.edu