STC Hosts Del Mar College and Laredo Community College at Texas Peer Coaching Initiative Event

South Texas College continues to fulfill its role as an Achieving the Dream Leader College by hosting Del Mar College and Laredo Community College at its Pecan Campus in March 2013 as part of the Texas Peer Coaching Initiative.  The initiative is designed to accelerate the transfer of effective practices from college to college with the long-term goal of positively impacting sustainable student outcome gains in Texas.

“Though the duration of the TPCI grant is only one year, this initiative is allowing us to form partnerships that will last much longer than that,” explains STC Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives Kristina Wilson.  “STC, Del Mar College and Laredo Community College all share the same goal of facilitating student attainment of a degree or certificate.  TPCI is allowing us to learn from each other and to benefit from each other’s successes.”

During their site visit, leaders from Del Mar College and Laredo Community College were given insight to established and proven STC programs and practices that they would like to implement at their own campuses.  These include STC dual enrollment programs, Early College High Schools and academies, recovery programs, Operation College Bound, new student orientation and the Summer Leadership Institute.

Del Mar College Dean for Student Outreach & Enrollment Services Gilberto Becerra said, “Thank you for hosting us on your campus.  I came back with a lot of great information and ideas.  It was very informative and I look forward to future collaboration.”

STC received a grant of $10,000 from Achieving the Dream, Inc. to assist with the activities associated with their participation in the Texas Peer Coaching Initiative.  Funding for the initiative comes through the TG Public Benefit grant program. Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success, was one of 30 organizations to be chosen by TG for a Public Benefit grant from a pool of 373 applicants.  To learn more, visit www.AchievingtheDream.org.

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