AT&T gift will allow UT Arlington College of Education to expand college readiness centers at North Texas high schools
01 October 2012
ARLINGTON - Worldwide communications giant AT&T has awarded a $300,000 gift to The University of Texas at Arlington to strengthen its high school-based college readiness offices called GO Centers.
The funds are part of the AT&T Aspire program, the company’s $350 million initiative to help students graduate from high school ready for college or a career.
“Through our Aspire educational initiative, AT&T is proud to support the work of The University of Texas at Arlington,” said Holly Reed, the company’s regional vice president for external affairs. “UT Arlington is working to ensure more Texas students are on the path to not only graduate from high school, but also reach for and achieve a successful future in college.”
The program recently expanded from 14 to 19 GO Centers. They are in the Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Everman and Fort Worth school districts. The new contribution will allow UT Arlington to boost staffing and administration for the centers.
"We are grateful that we can continue to reach out to young students who desire to attend college but lack support – especially the traditionally underrepresented,” said Carla Amaro-Jiménez, assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education in the College of Education and Health Professions and director of the GO Center program. Others involved include Ann Cavallo, professor of curriculum and instruction, Luis Rosado, director of the College of Education and Health Professions’ Center for Bilingual Education, Greg Hale, director of the Science Education and Career Center in the College of Science, and Holly Hungerford-Kresser, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.
Over the next two years, Amaro-Jiménez and her team will research the underlying reasons for the success of the GO Centers. “AT&T is also interested in determining why the GO Centers are effective, for whom they are most effective, and under what conditions,” she said.
In the past three years, more than 18,000 students have received support through the GO Centers.
The gift also will allow the return of UT Arlington’s college access and readiness parent workshops and summer camps for middle school students – which are all part of the Pathways to College Access and Readiness program.
The parent workshops will be open to parents in the five local school districts participating in the program. One workshop will be held this fall, and two workshops will be held in the spring. These workshops will be free and offered by bilingual speakers.
Parents or students interested in the GO Centers or Pathways to College Access and Readiness program may contact Carla Amaro-Jiménez at 817-272-3346 or by email email@example.com.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,200 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.
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