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President to Speak at Partners for Postsecondary Success Learning Institute in North Carolina

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-MARCH 23, 2012- Dr. Juliet V. García, President of The University of Texas at Brownsville will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Learning Institute for Partners for Postsecondary Success at noon Tuesday, March 27 in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Juliet V. GarcíaGarcía will speak to a combined session of the Learning Institute, with Lumina Foundation’s Latino Student Success, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s CLIP (Communities Learning in Partnership) and Partners for Postsecondary Success  communities come together.

“The 12 Brownsville members of the Partners for Postsecondary Success Leadership Team who are attending the Learning Institute are extremely proud that our very own university president and dear friend, Dr. Juliet García, has been chosen to deliver the opening address for the conference’s first plenary session,” said Traci Wickett, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Cameron County. “Dr. García has been a strong supporter of PPS since its inception, and the university has dedicated a large number of key administrators to the Leadership Team.”

Sessions at this year’s institute, March 27-29, will focus on the theme of sustainability – specifically three essential elements of sustainably: creating a culture of evidence, connecting education to employment and deepening community engagement.

“At UT Brownsville, we are excited to be engaged with so many community organizations all focused on a single goal,” said García. “In spite of the difficulties that face us all, we believe that a sustainable collective approach will allow us to discover solutions to the low educational attainment rates, lack of access to livable wages and high poverty rates that plague communities across the nation.”   

In July of 2011, the United Way of Southern Cameron County and area partners including the university were awarded a $1,499,909 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The 21-month grant is with MDC, the North Carolina-based non-profit education organization that created and is leading the Partners for Postsecondary Success Initiative.

Focusing on doubling the number of young adults who earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025, the Partners for Postsecondary Success Initiative has identified six critical points – preparation, connection, entry, progress, completion and employment – to shepherd students toward high school and university graduation followed by gainful entrance into the workforce.

University College at UTB and TSC is a first-year academic and enrichment experience for incoming freshmen. Initiated in fall 2001, UC has garnered positive results after its first semester and continues to play a role in readying students for the workplace. 

Keppel AmFELS, the  Brownsville Independent School District, Workforce Solutions Cameron, United Brownsville, Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, the Brownsville Economic Development Council, Project VIDA and city business leaders are also part of the grant effort.

The funding in the grant includes $1,299,909 million cash award, $200,000 from the Gates Foundation for technical assistance and $240,000 had been raised locally for the education and workforce effort.


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