Texas College Night helps seniors narrow down college choices

Many members of HISD’s Class of 2016 got a clearer vision of their future at Texas College Night on Oct. 28. More than 1,200 students from about 50 high schools attended the event at the University of Houston.

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“Students were able to go breakout sessions and learn about careers in STEM, public service, business, or education,” said David Johnston, director of HISD’s College Readiness team.

Sterling High School senior Jecsyecka Randall, who hopes to double major, said the event helped her narrow down her list of possible schools to just one: Stephen F. Austin University.

“I had the best time here,” she said. “It was cool to see which colleges have a culinary arts program, and some of them even had veterinary programs.”

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Teach Forward Houston, a new partnership between HISD and the University of Houston, was showcased at the event. The program allows HISD graduates seeking a bachelor’s degree in teaching and learning to attend the university free of tuition, with an agreement that they return to HISD to teach for at least four years.

Randall also had a message to share with students who don’t think it’s a good idea to attend events like Texas College Night.

“Why are you missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime?” she asked. “It’s furthering your education so you can get a better job.”