Posted: 10/24/23

TAMIU Signs New MOU with Harmony Public Schools



Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is entering into an innovative new partnership with Harmony Public Schools (HPS) with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in TAMIU’s Student Center Ballroom. 

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the MOU paves the way to develop and expand a partnership between TAMIU and HPS that supports college acceptance, matriculation, and completion for HPS students.

“This is an innovative partnership that provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for collaboration, support, and shared initiatives focused on helping students to succeed at the University level,” Dr. Arenaz noted.

The partnership identifies TAMIU as a “Harmony College Partner,” with shared objectives including opportunities to meet with HPS students and alumni during Fall outreach efforts including visits and hosted events on campus; targeted strategies to help students address the challenges of college attendance and securing success; helping students to understand the value and importance of higher education at a Harmony College Partner, and designating HPS alumni college success coaches who are attending University to help guide and support HPS college fellows.

TAMIU vice president for Student Engagement Juan Gilberto García, Jr., said the University is looking forward to welcoming more HPS students to its campus.

“TAMIU has already seen the energy and quality of HPS students, and their successes here at TAMIU.   We are committed to providing an environment that celebrates, educates, and empowers students to embrace their power to succeed, to graduate, and to move on to careers of meaning and reward,” García said.

Selcuk Bakir, Harmony Public Schools-South Texas Area superintendent, said the new partnership with TAMIU provides a collaborative framework that is beneficial to both entities and helps students plan their path to higher education.

 “As the Area Superintendent of Harmony Public Schools South Texas, I am delighted with our MOU with Texas A&M International University, which promotes college readiness, emphasizes the value of higher education at Harmony College Partner, and introduces HPS alumni coaches from the University to support our college fellows,” Mr. Bakir observed.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system employing roughly 4,000 school professionals statewide. Harmony’s South Texas District offers nine campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 in San Antonio, Laredo, and Brownsville. The school’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, character education, project-based learning, and college readiness.

For additional information on the TAMIU-HPS Partnership, contact Juan Gilberto García, Jr., TAMIU vice president for Student Engagement, by email jgarcia@tamiu.edu, phone 956.326.2273, or visit offices in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center.

Information is also available from HPS contact John Boyd, Harmony Public School chief communications and marketing officer, by email at jboyd@harmonytx.org, or phone 713.343.3333, ext.1501.

University news and information can also be found online at tamiu.edu and on TAMIU’s social channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads, Twitter, and YouTube.

Harmony Public Schools are 62 high-performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers, and life. Harmony Public Schools maintains every child can succeed and is committed to helping them realize their full potential.

To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and its 58 campuses across Texas,  visit: www.harmonytx.org,  follow on X/Twitter at @HarmonyEdu or like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

MOU signing
Selcuk Bakir, South Texas District Area Superintendent, Harmony Public Schools, joins TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz in the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Harmony School in ceremonies at TAMIU Oct. 24, 2023.