The Greater Texas Foundation awarded La Joya ISD’s College and Career Center a JFF (Jobs for the Future) grant of $100,000 to help more students be on a path to postsecondary education. JFF will bring its evidence-based Back on Track to College model to five programs across Texas who serve youths who have veered off track from the road to high school graduation.
Each program will receive funds and intensive training to build bridges to postsecondary credentials – ensuring that students will not only complete their high school diploma or GED, but will CONTINUE their education to prepare for fulfilling careers.
“As a student who is also a mother, I am grateful for the new opportunities that I am receiving at College & Career Center. The fact that I will be able to graduate from high school, obtain a career certification as a medical assistant, and become college ready is amazing,” stated College & Career Center student, Blanca Recendez.
Greater Texas Foundation’s vision is for all Texas students to have equal opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. That includes students who do not follow the traditional timeline to complete their high school diploma credits. It is known that a clear path forward and a strong support system are critical for students to complete a postsecondary credential with market value, and La Joya ISD is 100% on board with this mission.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Jobs for the Future. This merging of educational tools will play a vital role in guiding our students to successful postsecondary education and careers,” added Ms. Maria Leal, LJISD Grant Coordinator.
Colleges from across the US benefit from the assistance that JFF provides through their national network, which covers proven practices that help more students earn credentials that lead to good jobs.
“The Jobs for the Future and Greater Texas Foundation grant will allow College and Career Center to develop NEW postsecondary-or career- success opportunities, improve the college and career readiness curriculum and instruction, and create a system of first-year college support for College & Career Center graduates,” said Mr. Ronny Cabrera, Principal of the College & Career Center.
“JFF is thrilled to be working with schools and programs that are committed to building pathways to postsecondary credentials for their students and we see great potential to improve the life prospects of these young people through the Back on Track to College model.” – Lili Allen, Associate Vice President, JFF
Participating organizations that received this grant include American Youth Works in Austin, Fort Worth CAN Academy, Westcreek Restore Education in San Antonio, Goodwill Excel Center in Austin and La Joya ISD College and Career Center in the Rio Grande Valley.