The University of Texas-Pan American will open its doors to 200 high school students on Friday, May 4.
In its efforts to promote higher education within the local communities, UTPA will host Generation Texas Day (GenTX).
"This event is a celebration of our students and highlights the support that our University has for our youth and the importance of higher education," said Barbara Garza, associate director of community outreach at UTPA's College Access and Support Programs.
GenTX is an initiative of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support the creation of a college-going and career-ready culture across the state of Texas.
"This movement helps students overcome the obstacles that stand between them and higher education and seeks to empower students with guidance, information and inspiration," Garza said.
The event is open to high school students from 25 partnering high schools in the University's High School G-force/Go Center Program. Students attending this event act as peer mentors for their high school campuses and are mentored by UTPA's Collegiate G-Force Mentors.
"We are bringing these students on board, training them and sending them back to their schools to help assist their peers with college applications and financial aid readiness," Garza said. "We want to recognize them for their efforts and encourage them to continue being excellent students."
Students who attend will participate in leadership conferences and hands-on activities sponsored by UTPA's Community Outreach Office/Generation Texas. Students unable to come to campus can learn more about GenTX by visiting their school Go Center or visiting utpa.edu/cco.
Join UTPA in celebrating GenTX. The community is also encouraged to wear their favorite college T-shirt on May 4 in support of GenTX. Earlier this month, the Edinburg City Council proclaimed May 4 as Generation Texas Day in the City of Edinburg.
"Local businesses and restaurants will have their staff wear their favorite college T-shirts as a way to promote this great event," Garza said.
Garza sees the importance, and the need, for the community to embrace higher education and for the Rio Grande Valley to continue to promote a college-going culture.
"Our hope is that the topic of college becomes something easy for students to talk about with their families" she said.
For more information, contact Garza at (956) 665-7597.