Thousands of students from across the Houston area, including hundreds from HISD, attended the Houston Hispanic Forum’s massive College and Education Day on Feb. 13, 2016, at the Brown Convention Center.
The super Saturday of college fairs began with the Houston Hispanic Forum presenting HISD with an award for Outstanding Commitment to Education in Our Community, which was accepted by Chief of Major Projects Rick Cruz. HISD Board of Education members Wanda Adams and Rhonda Skillern-Jones, as well as Assistant Superintendent of Family and Community Engagement Jorge Arredondo, were in attendance. The opening ceremony kicked off with a welcome from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The fair provided thousands of parents and students with the opportunity to learn more about college and career options from more than 100 exhibitors, including local, national, and international colleges, universities, trade schools, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. This free event included hundreds of bilingual representatives, as well as dozens of educational workshops.
HISD was represented by half a dozen departments and programs, including Teach Forward Houston, College Readiness, Dropout Prevention, HIPPY, and Counseling and Guidance.
“CED was a great opportunity to expose the greater Houston community to Teach Forward Houston,” said HISD College Success Manager Rick Rodriguez. “We had great interest in the program from inside and outside of the district. TFH is definitely going to be a game-changing initiative in education. “
The district participates to help provide students and families with all the resources necessary to help them get into college, explore possible career paths, and obtain financial aid assistance.