As part of UNT's ongoing commitment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's College for Texans campaign, the university welcomed the coordinating board field staff and representatives from six North Texas area universities and colleges for a May 17 Go Center Recognition Luncheon.
Go Centers, the primary focus of the College for Texans campaign, are physical spaces in participating high schools that provide prospective college students with information related to college and career options as well as opportunities for financial aid and mentoring. The goal is to nurture and sustain a college-going culture in grade schools, middle schools and high schools throughout the state.
The coordinating board is working with higher education partners - including UNT and the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth - and school districts in North Texas to open Go Centers and manage these new points of coordination between College for Texans efforts and high school students.
"Go Centers provide the ideal peer connection between successful university students and high school students who are hopeful about pursuing a college education," says Troy Johnson, associate vice president for Enrollment Management.
At the leading edge of the university's participation in the program is UNT G-Force, a student organization that develops and supervises Go Centers in area school districts.
Currently, the university's G-Force students are working directly with administrators, counselors and high school student leaders in efforts to encourage more students in the Dallas area (College for Texans Region 10) and in Fort Worth and surrounding counties (Region 11) to graduate from high school and go to college.
When classes open next fall, UNT G-Force students will work in Go Centers at Ryan High School in Denton; Aubrey High School; Decatur High School; O. D. Wyatt High School and Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School in Fort Worth; and L. G. Pinkston High School in Dallas.
"Each of the higher education partners involved in this initiative understands the important role we can play in creating the necessary college-going culture in our high schools. By working in partnership with the high schools we are making a difference in the future lives of many students," says Patrick Vasquez, director for outreach and community involvement in the Division of Equity and Diversity.
Representing UNT at the luncheon were Johnson, Vasquez and Cassandra Berry, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity.
Vasquez was among the university and college representatives recognized by coordinating board Field Specialists Teresa Love, Lilian Rosales and Glenn Spoons for service in support of the Go Centers at the luncheon.
Other attending participants came from Texas Woman's University, the Dallas County Community College District, Tarrant County College, Tarleton State University, Texas Wesleyan University and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.