Target Corporation donates $10,000 to UTPA
Posted: 09/23/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American Career Placement Services and the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness of Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) were each awarded $5,000 from the Target Cooperation Tuesday, September 17 for educational assistance.

The Target Corporation recently donated $5,000 to The University of Texas-Pan American Career Placement Services to be used for student assistance. Pictured are from left to right Lydia Aleman, director of Corporate Foundation Relations; Alice De La Garza, executive team leader for Target Team Relations; Jimena Valenzuela, executive team leader; Daniel Torres, Target store director; Velinda Reyes, assistant director for Career Placement Services; Enedelia Kidd, director for Career Placement Services; James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs; Pete Salazar, assets protection team leader; Monica Vega, executive team leader; and Tony Bernal, Mervyns store manager.

"On behalf of Target and Mervyns stores respectfully, we would like to thank the Career Placement Office and our partners at UTPA Gear Up organization for their continuous support," said Daniel Torres, Target store director.

"We would like to thank UT Pan American for partnering with Target Corporation on our recruiting efforts

The money received from the corporation will be used to help students who participate in the GEAR UP program and students who use the Career Placement Services office for assistance.

The University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP program also received $5,000 from the Target Corporation for educational advancement.

UTPA Career Placement Services assists students in their search for full-time employment, internships and cooperative education experiences, and non-degreed part-time employment

In addition to these services, our office hosts a variety of career fairs, seminars and workshops to improve job search skills, and employer on campus recruitment activities."

Enacted in 1998, GEAR UP encourages partnerships between high poverty schools, universities, community organizations and the business sector to better serve low-income students. More than 450,000 students benefit from the program nationwide.