(May 25, 2016) -- Nearly 250 parents from San Antonio and throughout south Texas headed back to school at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus. The new knowledge they received at the Institute for P-20 Initiatives Summit on Parent Engagement will help them better prepare their middle school aged children for high school, college and careers.
Parents learned about changes to the Texas state mandated high school graduation plans, as well as exploration of the new House Bill 5 endorsement pathways: STEM; Business & Industry; Public Services, Multidisciplinary and Arts and Humanities. They also interacted with a variety of career professionals representing each endorsement pathway, as well as engage in hands on activities through a career resource fair. Additional sessions included familiarizing students and their families with college, cyber safety and 21st century soft skills.
Parents said they appreciated hearing input from other moms and dads. Students said it helped them realize they need to start thinking about college now.
City representatives, industry experts and firefighters were just a few of the volunteers who spoke to parents.
"The variety of topics covered and having parents with their children around the table asking questions made for a great dynamic," said Joseph Kulhanek, assistant vice president for P-20 Initiatives. "Everyone was there to help accomplish the mission, provide families with college and career knowledge,"
By the end of the P-20 Summit, students and their families had information to help them build a supportive network of parents and professionals. They said they also have a better understanding of higher education opportunities.
The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives provides children from pre-K through college and their families with information to encourage postsecondary education. P-20 works closely with area school districts, developing transition and bridge activities and implementing college readiness policies. It has more than 24 programs currently underway for a variety of age groups.------------------------------
Lean more about the The Institute for P-20 Initiatives.
The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute and Women’s Studies Program will feature film screenings, provide lectures and book readings that promote diversity and focus on achieving social justice and women’s empowerment.
Various locations, Main, Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses
Grad Fest helps Roadrunners prepare for graduation and Commencement. Students can order their cap and gown and other Commencement-related items, and learn important information about Commencement and life after UTSA.
Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The exhibition is a juried competition featuring recent work by UTSA undergraduate and graduate students. The selected works represent the full range of materials, methods, and techniques, ranging from traditional processes to contemporary digital photography and video.
Arts Building Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host a town hall meeting where panelists will discuss various aspects of the broad topic of school funding in Texas. It's free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Annual memorial event honoring members of the UTSA community who passed away in the previous year.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02,) Main Campus
Amin Qutub, UTSA associate professor of biomedical engineering, will introduce the latest advances in science and technology illustrating how daily behaviors influence the ability of our brain cells to repair and regenerate, enabling a future that optimizes brain health.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio
UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to share thoughts, experiences and ideas on inclusive excellence at UTSA.
Student Union Anaqua Room (SU 2.03.08), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is an event for students who are unsure of their major, have chosen a major but are not sure it’s the right fit for them or students who are confident of their choice of major but are unsure of what careers they can actually pursue with their major.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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