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PSJA ISD, STC, Mexican Consulate sign agreement to support finance class for parents

MCALLEN -  Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA), South Texas College (STC) and the Mexican Consulate in McAllen signed an official Memorandum of Understanding in support of a new Finance and Banking class to be offered through the PSJA Parent & Family Engagement Program. The signing took place at the Mexican Consulate in McAllen on Thursday, Aug. 31. PSJA ISD, STC, Mexican Consulate sign agreement to support finance class for parents

As part of the agreement, the Mexican Consulate presented a $10,000 check to STC, so they in turn provide instruction to 200 PSJA ISD parents who will be taking the 20-hour course at PSJA Parent Community Centers. 

According to Olivia Benford, Director of Parent & Family Engagement at PSJA ISD, these classes are aimed to help parents currently participating in entrepreneurship classes expand their knowledge in business management.

"We selected parents who are involved in our Entrepreneurship classes because this will be an added component that will help them be more equipped, gain employability skills and be knowledgeable in running their own business,"said Benford.

Each year, more than 5,000 PSJA parents are able to participate in numerous free classes and even obtain certifications thanks to partnerships with STC and the Region One Education Service Center.   

In addition to officials from the three mentioned organizations, dozens of PSJA ISD parents attended the signing ceremony and were excited to learn of the new program. 

"I am grateful to see PSJA working with these organizations to support parents," said PSJA parent Rubinia Cavazos in Spanish. "This is a great opportunity for us to learn about finances and continue our education." 

According to PSJA Superintendent Dr. Daniel King, partnering with STC and the Mexican Consulate for this initiative will improve the lives of thousands of students and their families.  

"Our district works hard to not only help students succeed but also their families," said Dr. King. "Working together with our community partners, our parents can be even more knowledgeable when opening businesses and managing their finances."