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Two TWU programs named finalists for statewide Star Award

10/19/09


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s Partnering for Teachers program and the university’s G-Force student-mentorship program have been selected as finalists for the prestigious 2009 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Since 1986 TWU has partnered with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to train more than 6,000 new teachers through the Dallas Alternative Certification Program. TWU provides curriculum support, course development and evaluation, graduate course supervision and scholarships to students participating in the Dallas Alternative Certification Program. The program was expanded to include an alternative certification program for school librarians, and currently includes a collaborative program between TWU and DISD to train future school principals.

TWU’s G-Force members are current TWU students who mentor high school students, participate in college enrollment workshops and staff TWU-sponsored Go Centers in area high schools. A Go Center is a physical space where students can find admission and financial aid application assistance and other information to encourage them to attend college. The program’s goal is to increase enrollment among first-generation college students in Texas.

TWU’s G-Force is the largest in the state with 70 student members. Since its inception in 2004, the G-Force program has reached more than 10,000 high school students with the message that college is accessible to all.

Star Award winners will be announced at a special luncheon during the 2009 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference Dec. 4 in Dallas. The THECB received 51 applications in this year’s competition.

Established in 2001, the Star Awards recognize institutions of higher education, public and private schools, school districts, organizations, groups and individuals for exceptional contributions toward one or more of the goals outlined in the Texas higher education plan “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” Adopted by the THECB in 2000, the plan established four goals – to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence and research.

For more information, visit www.thecb.state.tx.us.


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