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On November 6, the Texas Success Center recognized excellence in implementing and scaling guided pathways essential practices with the inaugural Texas Pathways Awards.  The Texas Success Center presented awards to the colleges that have excelled in scaling essential practices in each of the four pillars of guided pathways and to the college that has made the most progress overall.  In collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center, the Texas Success Center also recognized one college that has excelled in the implementation of mathematics pathways. 

  • Excellence in Implementation & Scaling: Paris Junior College
  • Mapping Pathways to Student End Goals: San Jacinto College
  • Helping Students Choose & Enter a Program Pathway: Amarillo College
  • Keeping Students on Path: Alamo Colleges District
  • Ensuring Students are Learning: McLennan Community College
  • Mathematics Pathways: Kilgore

On Wednesday, October 2, Alamo Colleges announced Alamo Promise, a program that will provide last-dollar scholarships to students at 25 Bexar County high schools in 2020-2021.  The following year, 20 additional high schools will be added to the program.  Read more about the Alamo Promise program on the Alamo Colleges website and in the Rivard Report.

Dallas County Community College District was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to start one of the first health-care apprenticeship programs in the country.  The grant is part of a $20 million partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) that aims to create 16,000 new apprentices across the U.S. by summer 2022. DCCCD was the first system announced to participate in the Expanding Community College Apprenticeships Initiative (ECCA).  Read more about the grant program.

The Seal of Excelencia is a new voluntary certification for institutions serving Latino students that will facilitate institutional change to close equity gaps and significantly increase Latino student completion and will assist Latino students in making postsecondary education choices. The Seal signals that an institution has developed a comprehensive and systemic approach to accelerating Latino student success and seeks to raise the bar by which institutions are evaluated with regard to serving Latino students.

Four Texas community colleges are among the finalists:

  • Alamo Colleges
  • Austin Community College
  • El Paso Community College
  • South Texas College

On June 20, Excelencia in Education will live steam the announcement of the inaugural colleges and universities to earn the new certification.

Jerome Drain, Dean of Natural Sciences and Horticulture at Houston Community College and Suzanne Wilson Summers, Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of History at Austin Community College have been selected as fellows with the American Council on Education for 2019-2020.  Drain and Summers will be placed at an institution other than their own, where they will work with a senior leader.  Learn more about the ACE Fellows Program.