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OUR PROGRAM

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OUR CULTURE

INNOVATION. INSPIRATION. EXCELLENCE.

OUR FOCUS

CAREER EXPLORATION. COLLEGE READINESS. SUCCESS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

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OUR PURPOSE

 WE EXIST TO PROVIDE THE BEST COLLEGE READINESS EXPERIENCE, FACILITATING CAREER EXPLORATION SESSIONS WITH ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES & MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE 1ST PROGRAM

The College 1st (First) Program is based in Mission, Texas. We strive to provide the best college readiness and career exploration student experience in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in all 4 counties:  Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy, and across the state of Texas. Our goal is for all RGV and Texas students to be ready to enroll and complete a post-secondary education in a fast-growing meaningful career of their choice.  

 

We facilitate Career Exploration STEM, Business and Art CAMPs for PreK-12th grade students, throughout the school year and during the Summer, using project-based learning academic-enrichment activities, college and career connections and mentorship experiences aligned to State Test and Texas College Readiness Standards. During the CAMPs, we challenge students to put in practice their communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and creativity skills. 

We also implement Parent Engagement Sessions to promote the importance of a post-secondary education, define what college readiness really is and engage parents in the college preparation and transition process. We implement the College 1st Program in partnership with visionary leaders from School Districts, Educational Service Centers and Post-secondary Institutions.

About the Rio Grande Valley:

The College 1st Program Offices are located in Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, which is home to 1.37 million people along the US-Mexico Border. The RGV average age is 31 years old and 92% of the population is Hispanic, many are bilingual and multi-cultural. 

The Rio Grande Valley is home to 37 school districts with over 350,000 PreK-12th students, only 18% of RGV residents 25 years or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

For more information about the College 1st program, please contact us at 1. 877. 499. 8544 or through our social media platforms. 

Partnerships:

We must work in partnership with visionary leaders from school districts, education service centers, and post-secondary institutions who also believe college, career and life success is a possibility for all their students. We establish these essential partnerships to accomplish our joint mission of preparing students for college, career, and life success.

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