(June 11, 2013) -- How do elementary and middle schools create a college going culture? What do high school students need to successfully transition to college? What skills do business leaders require in new hires?
These and other questions will be discussed at the P-20 Summit: College and Career Readiness in San Antonio, organized by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and a citywide planning committee. The summit will be 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205.
More than 250 participants will gather at the summit. Guests will include leaders from K-12 education, higher education, businesses and community-based organizations as well as parents and students.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo will open the event. Rachel Ruiz, UTSA assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives, and Jeff Goldhorn, associate director of the Region 20 Education Service Center, also will provide introductory remarks.
An opening address by Denise Green, chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Council, will provide a demographic overview of San Antonio before three panel discussions commence.
A panel of superintendents, facilitated by Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods, will address successful college readiness strategies. The panel includes Ray Madrigal from Harlandale ISD, Lloyd Verstuyft from Southwest ISD and Gene Bowman from Alamo Academies.
A panel of higher education administrators, facilitated by Judy Loredo, assistant commissioner of P-16 initiatives for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will discuss successful career readiness strategies in higher education. This panel includes Melissa Mahan from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Jo Carol Fabianke from the Alamo Colleges, Steve Wilkerson from UTSA and Shari Albright from Trinity University. Mayor Julian Castro is expected to address participants at the luncheon.
A third panel, comprised of business experts and facilitated by Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor Federico Zaragoza, will speak on successful workforce preparedness strategies. Panelists include Ryan McQueen from USAA, Mario Lozoya from Toyota, Jorge Elizondo from H-E-B and Jonathan Magid from Rackspace.
The summit will close with an address by City Councilman Rey Saldana that discusses next steps and Cynthia Villafranco of the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County that provides an asset mapping tool of local resources for San Antonio stakeholders. Following the summit, a reception will feature these resources and organizations.
The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives strives to increase UTSA's partnerships and collaborations with educational institutions, businesses, industries, community-based organizations, and public and private foundations to promote the college going culture and to strengthen the quality of education in San Antonio and South Texas from kindergarten to college.
The UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center camps are for curious youth who are interested in STEM and related topics. This week, campers will study environmental science, robotics and computer science.
UTSA Main Campus
In four sessions of this weeklong day camp for 9 to 13-year-olds, campers will participate in indoor and outdoor activities while exploring ancient technologies from around the world and the new technologies archaeologists are using to discover them.
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, Main Campus
Roadrunner readers dive into exciting topics during this literary adventure summer camp geared toward 6-10-year-olds, occurring Monday through Thursday for two weeks.
Buena Vista Building 3.350, Downtown Campus
This event seeks to uncover overlapping African and Indigenous cultural expressions as points of decolonial praxis within readings of Black, Chicana/o, Mexican American, and African American culture and history. It's free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Experience a very different summer camp! The UTSA East Asia Institute is teaching kids Japanese through language, culture, art, crafts, music, cooking and more. For kids age 6-12. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Building (MB 1.126), Main Campus
7 to 12 year-olds will explore Mayan Culture in a three-day sessions, concluding at the Witte museum, where campers will have the chance to see the new "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" exhibit.
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, Main Campus
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