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College, Ready, Set!

Posted Date: 11/06/2018

For La Joya ISD, 3 of our middle schools have been selected to be recipients of a new GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Reading Undergraduate Program) grant through Region One ESC, called “College, Ready, Set!”

Funded at $4.54 million for the next seven years, current Ann Richards, Domingo Treviño, and JD Salinas Middle School 7thgraders (who will transition into La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School) will now have supplemental aid for post-secondary exploration, preparation, and graduation.

“What this means is that students in our region will have access to tools such as programs that offer career skills that align with in-demand employment sectors, work-based learning, enrichment courses in science/STEM related areas, tutoring and academic counseling, opportunities for internships and apprenticeships, and so many more enriching activities. We are so excited for the students and families who will reap the benefits and the numerous opportunities afforded by these two grants.” Melissa I. Lopez, Director, Region One ESC Office of College, Career, and Life Readiness

The “College, Ready, Set!” grant will be implemented in 25 middle schools and 17 high schools in 17 school districts including Donna ISD, Jim Hogg County ISD, La Feria ISD, Lasara ISD, La Joya ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, McAllen ISD, Mercedes ISD, Mission CISD, Point Isabel ISD, Rio Grande City CISD, Rio Hondo ISD, Roma ISD, San Benito CISD, Santa Maria ISD, Santa Rosa ISD, and Zapata County ISD. 

Last school year, La Joya ISD was proud to have been 1 of 3 school districts in the Rio Grande Valley to be awarded the “College In ACTion” $21 million grant for 6 of our middle schools. Now, this year’s 7thgrade cohort at 3 schools will also benefit from the many opportunities offered by the GEAR UP program.

“The potential impact of these awards can totally transform our communities! Our College and Career Readiness Department designed programs for the grant applications that will influence not only our immediate generation of learners, but their siblings and their families; the strategies included in these programs will have a powerful transformational effect on their families and our entire region. Imagine the positive consequences for students to attend a post-secondary program and earn a degree that will make it possible for them to earn a good living for their family, and to be contributing members of our society. When you speak of ‘making a difference,’ this is definitely it!” - Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez, Region One ESC Executive Director