‘Fiesta for Educational Excellence’ Saturday at Civic Center
Posted: 10/20/11

Fiesta for Educational Excellence
Saturday at Civic Center

An opportunity for students and families to explore higher education and brighter futures will take place Saturday, Oct.  22 at the Laredo Civic Center with the presentation of the Fiesta for Educational Excellence.

The Fiesta takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Admission is free of charge and open to all.  Free hotdogs and refreshments will be available for attendees.

Siobhan Rosales, associate director of the hosting P-16 Council for Educational Excellence, said the effort is intended to encourage college going for lasting career success.

“Our effort targets encouraging students to pursue higher education and the brighter futures that education makes possible.  We’ll be joined by local and regional education partners and supporters who will provide information about admission, assistance programs, scholarships and career options,” Rosales explained.

Among partners who will join the initiative are representatives of Laredo Independent School District (LISD) and United Independent School District (UISD) elementary, middle and high schools, Laredo Community College, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University, US Custom and Border Protection Field Operations and Workforce Solutions, among others.

Rosales said the Fiesta for Educational Excellence is part of the statewide Generation TX project.

 “Generation TX is a project of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that was funded through a federal College Access Challenge Grant. It launched two years ago in San Antonio and Fort Worth and has expanded across Texas.

“The key goals are to develop a commitment among stakeholders to create a college-going culture in Texas public schools that prepares all students for a post-secondary education; to clarify the processes of applying for admission and student financial aid, and to increase awareness of and build support for the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards,” Rosales explained.

She noted that while Generation TX targets young people of today, it also encourages others to help advance its important message.

“We’re all about welcoming students, parents, educators, businesses, and community leaders to become part of the movement and to support this generation of Texas students. Generation TX can really change the future of Texas,” she said.

For more information on the Fiesta for Educational Excellence, contact Rosales at 326.2807, email siobhan@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in TAMIU’s University Success Center, room 223.

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