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Participate in GenTX Day to Help Promote Higher Education

GenTX Day will be returning to the Lone Star State for its second year on May 4, 2012, and Superintendent Terry Grier is encouraging all HISD students and employees to show their support by wearing their favorite college T-shirt that day.

Generation TX (pronounced “Generation Texas”) is a statewide movement supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that is focused on building a college-going and career-ready culture.

Last year, Generation TX held its first statewide GenTX Day celebrating the achievements of Texas students, especially graduating seniors who are continuing their education beyond high school.

To learn more about how to participate in this year’s GenTX Day and access free GenTX Day kits and materials, visit http://gentx.org/gentxday.

HISD Students Help Launch National College Planning Website

Superintendent Terry Grier on Friday will visit Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center staff and students to celebrate the Houston Independent School District being chosen to launch the BigFuture college planning website.   BigFuture, a free comprehensive website offered by the College Board, will serve as a nationwide resource for students, counselors, teachers, and parents seeking information about preparing for, applying to and paying for college.  

Who: HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier, Board of Education Trustee Anna Eastman, Richard Middleton College Board Regional Vice-President, Sam Houston Principal Jane Crump, and HISD Students

What: Dr. Grier recognizes HISD as the first school district to work with the College Board to create forthcoming videos to be included on the BigFuture college planning website.  

When: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Where: Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, 9400 Irvington

Scenes from the NACAC Houston National College Fair

HISD students had the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from nearly 260 colleges and universities at the Houston National College Fair on Thursday, April 12 at Reliant Center. Info on financial aid, virtual campus tours, and advice on writing college essays was provided.

Click through the photos below to see more from the fair.

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Learn More about College Options at the Free Houston National College Fair

The Houston National College Fair will be held on Thursday April 12, 2012 at the Reliant Center (1 Reliant Park) in Hall A from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Students and parents will be able to meet with representatives from more than 250 national, international, public, private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Counselors will be available to discuss individual admission requirements, financial assistance options, course offerings, and other information pertinent to the college-selection process. At the fair’s counseling center, students and parents can discuss their individual needs with college experts.

To make it easier to navigate the fair and to collect information from multiple schools, students are encouraged to register before attending the event. By registering in advance students can print a bar coded confirmation to be used on-site at the fair as an electronic ID. Online registration is available at https://www.gotomyncf.com/.
Houston Independent School District students who have already registered should check with the College Access Coordinator at their campus for their registration code.

HISD students continue to make great strides in the pursuit of higher education. In 2011, the number of HISD graduates accepted into 4- or- 2 year colleges and universities reached 88 percent. Additionally, the amount of scholarship money awarded to HISD students has steadily increased throughout the past few years. In the 2011 HISD students were offered nearly $130 million in scholarship money, compared to $81 million in 2009.

Now in its 40th year, the National College Fair program annually helps more than 650,000 students and families nationwide explore their options for higher education, making it one of the most visible college recruitment fairs in the country.