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Students Complete Seven-week TexPREP Camp

Friday, July 26, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

TexPREPSierra Hyde was finally in a position where she could deliver some advice. Once a first-year student in Texas State Technical College’s Texas PreFreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), Hyde was now completing her fourth and final year with the program.

On Friday, Hyde along with 20 other fourth-year students were recognized for sticking with the rigorous program the past four summers at an Awards and Graduation Ceremony at the TSTC Fieldhouse.

And Hyde made it a priority to advice the younger students at the ceremony.

“Not everyone is going to give up their summers to do school work,” Hyde said. “For you year one through three students, stick with it. This will help you in life down the road. Think of these summers as an investment in your education.”

TexPREP is a seven-week math, science and engineering summer camp at TSTC. Students are eligible for the camp when they enter middle school and can participate for four years. Students must write an essay on why they want to take part in the camp and their teachers then recommend the students to be accepted to TexPREP.

Students are invited back to participate in TexPREP every year depending on their academic standing at their schools. All students are bused from their school districts and attend classes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. over that seven-week period Monday through Thursday. For every year completed, the student gets one high school elective credit.

Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Mario Jorge spoke to the 156 students that completed the summer program. Of those 156, 68 were first-year students, 42 completed year two and 25 year three.

Jorge encouraged the students to continue pursuing their studies in the field of math, science and engineering.

“Don’t shy away from the difficult classes,” Jorge said. “They will be hard and they will challenge you but those classes will prepare you for college.”

According to TSTC’s College Readiness and Advancement division, 98 percent of TexPREP students go on to college and 90 percent of those students graduate from college. Also, 44 percent of the TexPREP graduates major in math, science or engineering fields.

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