– The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded a $300,000 grant to
The University of Texas at Arlington to continue operating and expand high
school-based college readiness offices called GO Centers.
Rosado, director of UT Arlington’s Center for Bilingual Education, along with Carla
Amaro-Jiménez, assistant professor of bilingual/ESL
education in the College of Education and Health Professions, worked to
obtain the grant.
are thrilled about the continuation of these funds, which will help us in our
efforts to make sure that more students – especially the traditionally underrepresented
– are going to college,” said Amaro-Jiménez.
are the largest minority group in the nation, but the current rate of Latinos
in higher education is about 13 percent, according to a 2010 report by The
Education Trust. Only about 10 percent of Latinos aged 24-64 will graduate from
Centers are physical spaces located in high schools that offer students admission,
financial aid and other information to promote college attendance.
the funds, about 55 UT Arlington students – known as G-Force – will be
recruited to help staff the GO Centers and serve as peer mentors, offering
their perspective on college.
University plans to operate GO Centers in three local school districts:
Arlington High School
Lamar High School
Juan Seguin High School
Martin High School
Grand Prairie ISD
South Grand Prairie High
Dubiski High School
Summit High School
Timberview High School
Candelario, a UT Arlington junior majoring in political science, will serve on
the G-Force for his third straight year.
like being a big brother to high school students,” Candelario said. “We not
only help students interested in college. We also help students that are on the
borderline of dropping out of high school.”
Escobedo is serving on the G-Force for his second straight year. The
anthropology major called it a ‘blast’ working with a program that supports you
and others when they need it.
best part is helping that one kid who at the beginning of the year wasn’t sure
he would graduate… and ends up graduating with scholarships to a college of
their choice,” Escobedo said.
team members are first generation college students representing a wide range of
academic fields and backgrounds.
Amaro-Jiménez added: “The mentors are able to speak to the
students as well as their parents about what it takes to get into college. They
also provide tutoring in areas such as biology and math.”
of the mentors are bilingual – speaking English and Spanish. Past G-Force
members have also been fluent in French and Asian languages such as
are trying to close the gaps. The GO Centers are a place of hope. Kids come in
thinking, ‘College isn’t for me,’ but leave saying, ‘Maybe it is,’” Amaro-Jiménez said.
grant will be used to pay the mentors. They earn $10 per hour and are allowed
to work a maximum of 19 hours a week. Current funding will expire on August 13,
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