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Go Force The College for Texans Campaign. Mission. To serve as encouragement and as a resource to high school students as they explore higher education option.

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Go ForceThe College for Texans Campaign


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Mission

  • To serve as encouragement and as a resource to high school students as they explore higher education option.

  • To create and sustain a college-going culture in Texas that prepares all students for the academic rigor and discipline needed to enter and thrive in college.


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College for Texas: Closing the Gap Goals

  • Texas higher education enrollment rates are down, particularly among low income and minority students

  • How Go Force came to be: In 2001 Texas Legislature mandated the creation of a statewide public awareness campaign through SB 573

  • Close the educational gaps across Texas by adding 500,000 more students above the current college-going rates by 2015


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Closing the Gaps Goals:

  • The Texas higher education plan

    • By 2015, increase by 50% the number of degrees, certificates and other identifiable student successes from high quality programs

    • By 2015, increase the number of nationally recognized programs or services at colleges and universities in Texas

    • By 2015, increase the level of federal science and engineering research funding to Texas institutions by 50% to $1.3 billion


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The Race Ahead

  • High school years are crucial to future success

  • HB 400 schools most in need

  • 5 of 13 FWISD high schools are HB 400 schools

  • High schools in Fort Worth among lowest in the state in college-going rates

  • Marketing is not enough, we must have programmatic components to address barriers and help students/families clear the hurdles


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Hurdle 1:Preparing for College…

In order to adequately prepare for college, a student must:

  • Complete at least the Recommended High School Program

  • Take Advanced/AP/Dual Credit courses

  • Take (and score well on) proper entry exams, including SAT and ACT

  • Students must also receive adequate counseling and opportunities for college preparation


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Hurdle 2:Getting into College…

  • Application and admission process overwhelming for many students and their families

  • New “language” to learn: tuition, fees, room & board, credit hour, etc.

  • Doesn’t seem affordable -

    • scholarship information not readily available to all

    • many do not know about financial aid process or do not think they will qualify


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Hurdle 3:Completing College…

  • Staying in college is more challenging than getting in

  • Continued financial investment necessary

  • Remediation courses are often required, which delays graduation and makes it less likely that a student will graduate


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G-Force Team

  • What is a G-Force Team?

    • A G-force team is a network of students, concerned citizens, and organizations committed to supporting Go Center efforts

  • College and Graduate students serve as mentors and peer educators

  • Student team conducts outreach on HS campus

UNTHSC Students’ Role


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Go Centers

  • What is a Go Center?

    • A Go Center is a physical space within each high school that provides students with information related to career exploration, higher education, and financial aid. The Go Center also serves as a “hub” around which a number of college preparation-related programs connect in each school.

  • Go Centers are primary focus of the College for Texans Campaign

  • UNT-HSC serves at two Go Centers at Dunbar and North Side High School


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What we do at the Go Centers:

  • Just talk to the students and share our experience

  • Explore career and college options

  • Explore financial aid options

  • Mentor students through hurdles they may think are impossible to overcome


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What to talk about: The Levels

What do I do after high school?

Compare higher

education options

Level A

What do I study?

Careercruising.com

Level B

What is the right school for me?

Explore academic

programs

Level C

How do I pay for college?

Discuss financial

aid options

Level D

How do I apply to college?

Complete application

checklist

Level E

.


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Tools of the Go Center – Go Plan

The websites correspond to the Go Center Checklist.


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At North Side

  • Go Center open on:

    • M-Th 8:30am-12:10pm (Th 12:10-1pm)

    • M-F 3-5pm

  • Wear your UNTHSC ID

  • Sign up in the front Office

  • Walk up to the 3rd floor to Rm.300

  • Sign in

  • See students


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At Dunbar

  • Go Center open on:

    • M-F 8am-4pm

  • Wear your UNTHSC ID

  • Sign up in the front Office

  • Go to the Counseling center

  • Sign in

  • See students


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Goals for the academic year ahead:

  • Increase the number of mentors at the Go Centers at North Side High School and Dunbar High School

  • Build partnerships between Go Force and other campus organizations as well as with other higher education institutions to support the high school Go Center

  • Organize special events to reach out to students and the community at large


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  • If mentoring at North Side, sign up for mentoring times with Marcus at [email protected]

  • If mentoring at Dunbar, sign up for mentoring times with Fifonsi at [email protected] or Mary at [email protected]

  • For more information on Gforce, special events, alternate volunteer opportunities at North Side and Dunbar High Schools, and mentoring schedule, please visit our website:

    • www.hsc.unt.edu/education/gocenter


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Contact Information


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