The College 1st Program has adopted the TEA's (Texas Education Agency) HB5 (House Bill 5) Legislation to its CAMP and Family Engagement Session curriculum to comply with TEA Standards. All CAMP themes will continue to be facilitated using exclusive project- and inquiry-based practices developed by the College 1st Team delivering rigorous academic enrichment hands-on activities and mentorship experiences. A segment of the Family Engagement Session will be dedicated to HB5 endorsements and high school graduation plans.


  • All CAMP themes and Family Engagement Sessions will be aligned to the five HB5 endorsement areas to introduce scholars and their parents not only to specific careers in the specific CAMP being implemented at the time, but also to other careers options within the HB5 endorsement area

  • The HB5 Endorsements incorporation will allow CAMP scholars and their parents to continue to generate interest and expand knowledge in their career choice or explore different careers within the 5 endorsements prior to entering or while in 9th grade

  • All CAMPs will have a college and career connection in every activity block. A new high school connection will allow scholars to understand and plan their endorsement for their high school graduation plan in advance. The Family Session will allocate one of its segments to HB5 endorsements and new graduation plans

HB5 Endorsements

House Bill 5 (HB5), a new Texas Legislation, significantly changed the state graduation requirements for freshmen who enter high school in the 2014-2015 academic year and beyond. HB5 specifies that all students will select an endorsement prior to entering high school. Within each of these endorsements there will be a career specialization. The new graduation plans allow students to earn endorsements in five programs of study:


  • Arts and Humanities

  • Business and Industry

  • Public Services

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Multidisciplinary