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College, Career & Military Readiness In Deep South Texas


“Knowing our students and knowing our community has helped us to bring about programming that is going to fit their needs.”

That was the commitment made by Rio Hondo ISD Assistant Superintendent Raul Treviño. Working with the Texas Impact Network’s Rural CCMR Accelerator, Treviño and his colleagues have begun to offer exciting new opportunities for their students, including one-to-one college advising and opportunities to earn industry-based certifications and even an Associate’s degree before graduating high school.

These changes are already seeing results: financial aid completion rates have nearly doubled from the previous year, and 99% of current students have submitted at least one college application.

“It’s amazing to see how just by sharing information and having a conversation, [students are] able to see a future,” says college advisor Cecilia Flores. “I want to continue making those kinds of changes in kids' lives.”

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