On Thursday, Dec. 4, Southwest Texas Junior College and Dr. Hector Gonzales joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
Gonzales was accompanied on the trip by wife, Jaclyn and daughter, Mia. They attended the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington D.C., which was hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
The program included a Christmas message by President Obama and various performers such as Patti LaBelle, Steve Miller, The Tenors and others.
The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.
SWTJC is committed to expanding college access and success for all of its students. The college is focused on efforts that streamline degree and career pathways, enabling students to complete their educational goals at higher rates. Dr. Gonzales stated, “we are proud to be recognized by the Whitehouse for our actions to improve student success”.
Participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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