HISD kicked off the district’s Dream
Summit Series on Thursday with the “Launch the Dream” virtual event, which was filled
with information to help students take the necessary actions and steps to make
their college aspirations a reality.
Office of College and Career Readiness and Multilingual Programs DREAM
Summit annual event, which is held each year to aid HISD DREAMers,
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, visa holders,
permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their families,
was adapted into a series of
virtual events giving more students a chance to make their college dreams come
Strategy & Innovation Officer Rick Cruz welcomed students and their
families to the virtual event applauding them for their commitment to the
by March 1 for a full career and technical education scholarship
considering a career in construction, transportation, nursing, or industrial
technology may qualify for a full scholarship in one of these fields or many
more. Local and national industry data show a need for highly skilled employees
in high-growth jobs with great earning potential.
2012, the Marvy Finger Family Foundation Scholarship has been awarding worthy
HISD graduates full scholarships covering their two-year degree or
certification program in these high-demand careers. This scholarship includes
not just tuition but books, fees, etc.
year, 100 full scholarships are available from Finger for a career and
technical degree or certificate program in the fields of automotive,
construction, digital information and technology, industrial technology, health
science, law, logistics, manufacturing, and transportation distribution.
Included in these fields are HVAC, pipefitting, cybersecurity, welding,
maritime transportation, and more (see application for a complete list).
Due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of colleges and universities are
waiving the American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
as part of their fall 2021 admissions process.
The SAT and ACT
tests will not only be optional for students, but most colleges are also not
requiring students to take the exams to be considered for admission.
“This presents a
great opportunity for students,” HISD Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Rick Cruz said. “This allows them to demonstrate that they are academically
capable in different ways.”
COVID-19 has presented several educational challenges that
have exacerbated gaps in student learning, but two Carnegie Vanguard High
School students saw it as an opportunity for positive change.
During the pandemic, juniors Aadhav Jai Murugesh and Levi Chen created Numerly, which provides easy-to-access, free tutoring services for students grades 3-8. Numerly’s goal is to uplift economically and medically underserved communities by making high-quality math and science education available for free.
“We wanted to do our part to help students succeed,
regardless of the circumstances,” Murugesh said. “The math and science
knowledge kids gain in elementary and middle school is crucial, and a strong
foundation ensures that more challenging subjects are attainable in high
is a fun and creative way to engage students and introduce them to a variety of
college and career options. This year’s theme is “Take Control: Explore.
Design. Launch Your Future!” Each week of the month will highlight a specific
CCR theme, including:
The official filing period for the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opens October 1 for
students planning on attending college in the fall of 2021.
the FAFSA is the first step toward getting many different types of financial
aid for school and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to
maximize college-award packages.
When applying for student aid,
timing matters. Each year, the Office of
Federal Student Aid offers more than $120 billion through grants, loans, and
work-study funds to help students pay for higher education. Priority for this
money will be given to students who apply before the priority consideration
As the 2020-21 school year approaches, HISD’s Project
Explore is preparing to meet the needs of students across the district with an
array of virtual college and career readiness programs.
Project Explore, which connects middle school students to
college and career opportunities, is planning a variety of virtual expeditions
to introduce middle school students to the skills needed for secondary,
postsecondary, and career success, including virtual college campus visits and
“The Project Explore team is up for the challenge,” Project
Explore Director Mia Bradford said. “Our advisors will continue to offer the
most meaningful experiences possible to keep students engaged and forge
connections with career and postsecondary professionals.”
Before Mykayla Clark-Jolivet could begin her high school
career at Middle College High School at HCC Fraga, her home was destroyed by
Hurricane Harvey. This was the first of many challenges she would face on her
way to graduating.
Clark-Jolivet and her family left their mold-ruined house to
live in a hotel for three months.
“I left a lot of memories behind,” Clark-Jolivet said. “I
was constantly late to school because the hotel was across town.”
As Jack Yates High School senior Ernest Russell sat on the
school’s football field for the citywide senior celebration recently, it was far
more than an event honoring his graduation from the historic school.
The celebration — marked by colorful Yates High School
masks and chairs spaced at a proper social distance — represented the
culmination of a trying journey that was marked by the loss of his father and homelessness.
“I don’t really have a word to describe it. But, if I had to
come up with one, I’d say it was challenging,” Russell said.