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Community Comes Together to Celebrate GenTX Day

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

GenTX Day

As the 5 o’clock news hour approached, attendees of the Third Annual GenTX Day celebration at Texas State Technical College rushed to find a spot inside a giant outline of the state of Texas on the lawn of the Service Support Center on Friday May 3.

A photo of the state outline filled in with people was taken to commemorate GenTX Day and KGBT TV Channel 4 provided live shots from the event. It was a successful photo, and more importantly, a successful event according to Director of Student Recruitment Dora Olivares.

 “We celebrated all week,” Olivares said. “We had tours on campus and we had great spots on Channel 4 all week too. It was nice to get everyone out here and celebrate with us. We had other colleges and universities out here and students signed pledge cards (to attend college). We were also able to showcase some of our programs. It was just wonderful to see everyone come together for such a great initiative.”

 In 2011, GenTX Day was celebrated only in Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio as it was still a pilot program. By 2012, celebrations were encouraged throughout the state and at TSTC a photo was taken to commemorate the day.

This year’s event took more planning as food and drinks were provided to the attendees. TSTC invited area colleges and universities along with business partners and school districts to make the event a success.

Approximately 500 people attended GenTx Day at TSTC. It was the college’s first full-fledged effort to celebrate GenTX Day. The GenTX movement was created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board three years ago to get a conversation started about going to college. People are encouraged to wear college T-shirts on GenTX day. This year the Coordinating Board urged supporters of GenTX to take at least one of three steps towards college on GenTX Day:

  1. Fill out a college application
  2. Take a college tour
  3. Be a college mentor

“This year we took it upon ourselves to host this big event,” Olivares said. “We partnered up with local media and school districts to make sure this was a great event. It was nice to see everyone on board.”

Local Generation TX coordinator Martha L. Gutierrez said encouraging students to attend college starts at a young age.

“It’s not just about reaching students at the secondary level,” Gutierrez said. “We need to get student s to start thinking about college at an early age. We’ve held several college pep rallies at elementary schools in Harlingen and this is just another way to reach students.”

TSTC organizers say they look forward to a bigger and better event in 2014.

For more information go to http://www.gentx.org.

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