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UTSA, SAISD partner to offer GEAR UP program for seventh graders

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(May 22, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) jointly kicked off their new Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP II) initiative. The launch was held on May 15 at the SAISD District Office's Burnet Learning Center during the SAISD's Duke University Talent Identification Program awards ceremony, which honored seventh graders who completed the SAT college-entrance exam.

During the ceremony, UTSA's GEAR UP staff introduced the new program to parents and students, and encouraged the students to participate in upcoming summer workshops. After the awards ceremony, participants were invited to visit the UTSA Mobile Go Center, a sophisticated 42-foot mobile classroom, and participate in a robotics demonstration hosted by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC).

In fall 2011, the SAISD began to provide college readiness services to all of its seventh grade students, taking the message directly to the neighborhood. The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives will support creation of a college going culture by launching a College and Career Readiness Student and Parent Academy. The Academy will be offered in SAISD neighborhoods starting this summer and will offer innovative outreach activities such as iTEC student workshops and academic programming for parents in their respective communities.

The Office of P-20 Initiatives provides leadership to enable students to develop and complete their educational goals through collaborative partnerships with K-12, post-secondary institutions and from within the greater community.

To learn more, visit the GEAR UP II website.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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