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Parents learn what it takes to prepare their children for college and careers

Parents learn what it takes to prepare their children for college and careers

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(May 16, 2016) -- Parents from the Greater San Antonio area will head back to school on Saturday, May 21 to attend the P-20 Summit on Parent Engagement at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus. The free, one day event, hosted by the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives will provide families with resources to help their sixth through eighth graders prepare for high school, college and careers.

Parents will learn about new changes to Texas' mandated high school graduation plans and explore the new House Bill 5 endorsement pathways: STEM, Business and Industry, Public Services, and Arts and Humanities. They will also have the opportunity to interact with career professionals representing each endorsement pathway and engage in hands-on activities at a career resource fair. Additional sessions include familiarizing students and their families with college, cyber safety and 21st century soft skills.

Yolanda Walton has attended the UTSA summit twice as a parent. This year she served as planning committee member and parent volunteer.

"I found the P-20 Summit very rewarding and very informative. It helped change my parenting style," Walton said. "I've learned to listen to my sons. Attending past summits has been instrumental in enhancing myself as a mom."

By the end of the P-20 Summit, students and their families will have gained the information and guidance they need to build a supportive network of parents and professionals. They will also have a better understanding of the opportunities provided by a top-tier education.

Event partners Alamo Colleges, ESC Region 20, Boerne ISD, Communities in Schools, San Antonio Education Partnership, Café College, Valero, City of San Antonio Municipal Courts and Superior Health Plan have all contributed to the event's recognition as a National Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The 2016 P-20 Summit on Parent Engagement is Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Buena Vista Street Building.

Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.

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