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Davis Visits TSTC, Unveils Education Plan

Thursday, January 16, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

WendyGubernatorial candidate Senator Wendy Davis made a campaign stop at Texas State Technical College on Wednesday to unveil the second phase of her education policy platform, "Great Pathways: Great Texas," at the newly renovated Engineering Center in front of the student body, staff and faculty.

This second plank of the platform focuses on doubling the number of early college high schools statewide and the number of college hours a student can take while in high school.

The "Great Pathways" phase also calls for the Texas Education Agency to create a grant program to offset costs to students and encourage school districts to develop partnerships with local institutions of higher education.

During her stop, Davis toured the new building and made stops in the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology and Mechatronics Technology Programs to learn firsthand from students and instructors about those fields of study.

Davis then met with eight TSTC students who've benefitted from dual enrollment and the Harlingen Independent School District's Early College High School.

"We need to make sure we do everything we can to strengthen these dual enrollment and early college high school programs so that more students across the state can do what so many students on this campus are already doing," Davis said.

Last week Davis announced the first phase of her education platform, "Great Teachers: Great Texas," which calls for a plan to develop, recruit and retain quality Texas teachers.

"The strength that we have in this economy cannot be maintained if we don't have a strong workforce and of course that requires a strong education system," Davis said. "It's my number one priority, it's the reason I ran for the state senate and it's the reason I'm running for governor. I believe we haven't had the kind of vision in that office and the kind of support for public education that we really need to see."

Davis considered her briefing with the dual enrollment students as beneficial to her policy-making process.

"I met with students who came here because of dual enrollment and many of them said they might not have gone to college if it wasn't for those programs," Davis said. "We need someone with the vision to see that these programs merit expansion and we need to make it affordable to students."

The senator's visit to campus was sponsored by the Student Government Association.

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