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Victoria Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, BridgeYear (KRPC)

BridgeYear Offers College Career Trial Alternatives

Victoria Chen was a high school teacher and counselor when she realized she was part of an education system that did not support students who were not academically inclined or interested in learning. university.

It was then that she co-founded BridgeYear, an organization created to provide a pathway to economic independence and stability.

“Graduation isn’t the only path to success,” she said. “It’s one way to encourage students to continue their secondary education, but it’s not the only one.”

The “Career Test Drive” is one of the ways they provide access to careers that might interest them.

“A lot of students think they might want to do something in the health field, but they don’t know the term phlebotomist or medical lab technician,” she said. “And beyond knowing the term, if they’ve never tried it, it’s very difficult for a young person to make a financial commitment, a lifetime commitment to pursue that educational journey.”

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Patty Williams-Downs, Executive Director, OneGoal Houston (KRPC)

OneGoal Houston focuses on college graduation

According to OneGoal Houston, only 22% of students from low-income communities earn post-secondary degrees, compared to 67% of their peers. It is this “division of degrees” that is the focus of the non-profit organization OneGoal Houston.

“If you’re a low-income student in Houston, you have a 20 percent chance of graduating from college or a college diploma compared to 67 percent of your more affluent peers,” said Patty Williams-Downs, Executive Director of OneGoal Houston. “It’s the fracture.”

Learn about the many programs OneGoal Houston has in place to help bridge the gap between degree opportunities.

Daniel Villanueva Jr., Ph.D., UHD Vice President of Enrollment Management (KRPC)

From the bottom of the class to the doctorate.

He graduated in the last third of his small high school class and was told that CVC was his best career chance.

Daniel Villanueva felt he had more to give and now, several years and eight colleges later, he has a doctorate. and is Vice President of Enrollment Management at U of H Downtown.

“There were academic challenges at every level that I had to overcome and there were people along the way who served in the role I currently hold and helped advance my career,” said he declared.

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Barriers to equitable college education opportunities are one of the many topics covered this week The Houston Reporters with Kambrel Marshall

Watch an extensive Newsmakers EXTRA on Resourcing here.

For more on this week’s Houston reporters

  • · Victoria Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, BridgeYear

  • · Patty Williams-Downs, Executive Director, OneGoal Houston

  • · Daniel Villanueva Jr., Ph.D., UHD Vice President of Enrollment Management

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