Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Wear T-shirt to support higher education

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 30, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.

Higher education is an important tool in today's society. Careers are becoming more and more specialized and often require additional training and expertise.

To encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities offered through higher education, Texas will once again have GenTX Day on Friday. GenTX stands for Generation Texas. On this day, people across the state are encouraged to wear a college T-shirt to show support for higher education. The push is an effort to see an entire generation of Texans attend a two-year or four-year institute of higher learning, whether it be a college, university or trade school. Another purpose of the day is to celebrate and congratulate graduating high school seniors who are preparing to take their next steps in the path of job training and building successful careers and lives for themselves.

This year's GenTX Day is receiving widespread support from the Victoria Independent School District, Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria and many businesses and community groups. Residents across the region are invited to wear their favorite college T-shirts to help inspire conversations about the importance of higher education and how it is applied in real-world situations.

In addition to the T-shirts, students have the opportunity to take part in the statewide PicTour Contest. The contest encourages students to take a tour of a college or university campus and submit a favorite photo from the tour to the Generation TX Facebook page from 6 a.m. to midnight on GenTX Day. The photos will be divided into six different categories including undecided seniors, sixth- to 11th-graders, adult students, college signing photos and more. First-place winners in each category will receive a $150 iTunes gift card. More information on the contest is available on the GenTX Day website.

The Victoria Advocate is also holding a photo contest. Members of the community have until 5 p.m. May 9 to submit photos to the Victoria Advocate website under the Your Photos tab. The winning photo will be featured in the May 14 paper, and the persons in the photo will receive a free nugget party with the Chick-fil-A cow.

We encourage members of the community to take part in this fun opportunity to encourage students to think about attending a college, university or any other institute of higher learning to help prepare themselves for today's workforce. We have the opportunity to come together as a community and encourage students to reach for a better life. Let's take advantage of that and all show our support for higher education.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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