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TexPREP offers academic enrichment for middle-school students

April 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 11, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

Students in the 2013 Victoria TexPrep sessions toured the Caterpillar plant, a sponsor of the program.

Looking for something to engage your middle-schooler's mind this summer?

The answer could be Victoria TexPREP, offered from June 16 to July 31 at Victoria College.

Two information sessions will be hosted by VC to allow parents and students to learn more about the program. These sessions will be at 5:30 p.m. April 22 in Room 109 of the Student Services Building on VC's main campus and 5:30 p.m. April 29 in the auditorium of the VC Calhoun County Center, 900 N. Virginia St. in Port Lavaca.

TexPREP offers a mathematics-based, academic enrichment learning environment that emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. This, in turn, helps junior high students prepare for careers in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The sessions are presented over the course of four summers and include coursework, team projects, class presentations, examinations, career awareness speakers, field trips and special events. Credits may be earned upon successful completion to apply to a student's high school elective credits.

"TexPREP is more than just math and science," said Melissa Robinson, VC Pre-College Programs & Recruitment director. "It is an opportunity for students to gather with students from all over our area who are interested in the same things they are and engage in hands-on projects that take the bookwork and put it into real life situations."

Students who complete the sixth grade by summer 2014 and are interested in STEM careers are eligible for the TexPREP program. Students who have successfully completed Year 1, 2 or 3 Prep are automatically eligible to apply for Year 2, 3, or 4 Prep, respectively.

Minority and female students are especially encouraged to apply. However, applicants are accepted regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability. The deadline to apply is May 9.

There are no tuition or fees associated with the Victoria TexPREP program. Transportation to and from the program as well as lunch are the responsibility of the student. Calhoun County students interested in attending the program will have transportation provided by CCISD - Partners in Education.

All TexPREP activities, except for field trips, will be held at Victoria College's Academic Building on VC's Main Campus. Students will attend TexPREP from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

To apply, a Year 1 student must have a:

Completed application form found at VictoriaCollege.edu/TexPrep

Signed confirmation page

Math Teacher Nomination Form

Science Teacher, English Teacher, or Counselor Nomination Form

Copy of the student's recent report card

100-200-word essay describing why he or she wants to attend TexPREP

TexPREP sponsors include Alcoa Foundation, Calhoun County ISD, Caterpillar Inc., Victoria College and Victoria ISD.

For more information, contact VC's Pre-College Programs & Recruitment Office at 361-485-6823, email Pre-CollegePrograms@VictoriaCollege.edu, or visit VictoriaCollege.edu/TexPrep.

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