Family Learning Academy offers parents resources for college and career planning

Houston ISD wants to help parents be ready for when their children graduate and go on to college or join the workforce. The district’s Family and Community Engagement Department is holding a Family Learning Academy to give tips and let parents know about the options available.

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Patricio Dominguez attended the first Family Learning Academy Super Saturday, which was held at Jones Futures Academy, to find out how to save money.

“As much as college costs, it’s important to know how to apply for scholarships and what sorts of grades students need,” said the father of five students attending Deady Middle School and Crespo and Kelso elementary schools.

Angelica Ruiz and her son, Jesús Reyna, a junior at Milby High School, wanted to learn about his options after graduation.

“My son is not sure yet what he wants to study in college, so we came to find information,” said Ruiz. “We need to focus in on what he wants and where he should go.”

Scholarship and college information were just a few of many resources offered at the Jones Futures Academy Super Saturday – the first of six free events to connect HISD parents with district and community resources. More than 12 organizations were on hand to present parent workshops on topics including:

• College Bound: Step by Step (presented by the HISD College and Career Readiness Department)
• Helping Your Student Decide What to Do After High School (East End Chamber of Commerce)
• 7 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed (Space City Tutoring)
• Applying to College (University of Houston)
• Connecting Kids to Health Coverage (HISD Health Services Department)
• My Role as a Lead Parent (La Raza United)

Afterwards, parents were invited to attend a resource fair and received lunch donated by Jamail & Smith Construction. Childcare and transportation were also provided.

All Super Saturdays begin at 9 a.m. Dates and locations for remaining Super Saturdays scheduled this fall are:

• Oct. 11 — Furr High School
• Oct. 18 — Lee High School
• Oct. 25 — Westside High School
• Nov. 1 — Chávez High School
• Nov. 8 — Reagan High School

For more details or to register to attend a Super Saturday, visit or call the HISD Family and Community Engagement Department at 713-556-7290.