Exploring educational pathways that lead to success, financial security

BridgeYear presents occupation test push possibilities to university

Victoria Chen was a superior college teacher and counselor when she understood she was section of an instructional system that wasn’t supporting learners who ended up not academically inclined or interested in faculty.

That’s when she co-started BridgeYear, an corporation developed to present a pathway toward financial independence and steadiness.

”The bachelor’s diploma is not the only pathway to good results,” she reported. “It’s a single way that we can persuade college students to go immediately after superior university but it’s not the only way.”

The “Career Exam Drive” is just one of the methods they deliver access to occupations in which they could possibly have an fascination.

“A great deal of pupils believe they may well want to do a little something in health care but they really don’t know the time period phlebotomist or healthcare laboratory technician,” she claimed. “And further than realizing the phrase, if they never ever tried it that’s a really challenging provide for a youthful particular person to make a financial commitment, a life span determination to go after that academic path.”

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OneGoal Houston focuses on college graduation

Only 22% of learners from lower-revenue communities receive postsecondary levels as compared to 67% of their peers, in accordance to OneGoal Houston. It is that “degree divide” which is a aim of the OneGoal Houston nonprofit.

“If you are a lower-money student in Houston you have as 20% opportunity of finishing a postsecondary diploma or credential than 67% of your a lot more affluent peers,” mentioned Patty Williams-Downs, the Executive Director of OneGoal Houston. “That is the divide.”

Come across out about the many applications in position by OneGoal Houston to support relieve the hole in diploma chances.

From the in the vicinity of bottom of the class to Ph.D.

He graduated in the base 3rd of his modest high faculty class and was explained to that HVAC was his ideal likelihood at a occupation.

Daniel Villanueva felt he had much more to give and now quite a few decades and 8 schools later he has a Ph.D. and is Vice President of Enrollment Administration at U of H Downtown.

“There had been educational difficulties at just about every degree that I experienced to press ahead and there were people along the way that served in the function that I at the moment serve who aided development my job ahead,” he stated.

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The obstacles to equitable faculty education options are just one of several topics on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall

Look at an extended Newsmakers Additional on resourcing below.

For a lot more info on this week’s Houston Newsmakers

  • · Victoria Chen, Co-Founder & Govt Director, BridgeYear

  • · Patty Williams-Downs, Executive Director, OneGoal Houston

  • · Daniel Villanueva Jr., Ph.D., UHD Vice President of Enrollment Management

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