YISD Seniors to Learn How to Maximize Skills During UTEP Visit

What: About 200 high school seniors from the Ysleta Independent School District will visit UTEP to learn how to best use their academic skills and to find out about college opportunities.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10

Where: Room 202 of UTEP’s Education Building 

About 200 high school seniors from the Ysleta Independent School District, many who would be first in their families to attend college, will hear from special guest speakers at The University of Texas at El Paso who will promote college opportunities, as well as UTEP personnel from the admissions, scholarships and financial aid offices.

UTEP’s Project BEST (Bridges for Education Students To Succeed), a program created to improve the college readiness of incoming high school seniors, is coordinating the event.

The students will hear from Tim Rush, Ph.D., professor of elementary and early childhood education at the University of Wyoming, and Timothy Begaye, Ph.D., an education consultant who served as a special assistant to the provost at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M., near Albuquerque.    

“Some of these students are on the fence about attending college,” said Monica Alvillar, Project BEST assistant coordinator. “We want to give them a final push. We want to instill in them that they have the skills they will need as college freshmen.”

The visiting seniors also can experience the interdisciplinary research conducted by UTEP students from the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts and Health Sciences who are part of the Bridging Worlds grant. The project involves researchers from UTEP and a Mexican university who are studying how to improve access to health resources for a disenfranchised Mayan population in San Francisco.

There also will be a bilingual workshop from 9 a.m. to noon the next day, Jan. 11, for educators from the Ysleta district and Mexico at the YISD headquarters, 9600 Sims. The topics will include research methods, grant writing and ways to promote college readiness.