PHARR – As part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD pre-conference events during the 2nd Annual PSJA "College for All" Conference, leaders of the Greater Texas Foundation held a meeting to discuss the importance of helping ensure that all Texas students are prepared and have access to a postsecondary education. The meeting was held at the PSJA's LBJ Middle School Library on Nov. 4.
The PSJA "College for All" Conference was started last year to meet the demand of educators traveling to PSJA ISD to learn about the implementation of the district's early college program. The school district shares best practices and innovative designs for providing all high school students with the opportunity to earn at least 12 college hours by their graduation, with an emphasis on earning an Associate Degree or two-years of college while completing core coursework. The conference will be taking place Nov. 5-6, at the McAllen Convention Center.
According to Dr. Wynn Rosser, President and CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF), based out of the Dallas area, their goal in attending the conference was to discuss the impact of early college high schools to students and communities.
“We’re here in the Rio Grande Valley and PSJA as part of their College for All Conference,” said Dr. Rosser. "We’ve brought together a group of educators to the conference to specifically talk about early college high schools and how those students are matriculating in universities here in Texas.”
GTF serves citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase rates of post-secondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to post-secondary success.
Due to the success of the early college initiative currently implemented at PSJA ISD, which to date has graduated hundreds of students with Associate Degrees or college credentials prior to their high school graduation, the CEO explained how it is important to invest in expanding this type of work throughout the state.
“We invest in places that are innovative,” Dr. Rosser said. “PSJA ISD and Dr. King are some of the champions of this really innovative work to help students accelerate their educational progress.”
In addition to GTF, more than 400 educators from throughout the nation will be attending the PSJA Conference, Thursday and Friday at the McAllen Convention Center.