Last fall 500 of the city's educators along with government and industry leaders gathered for a summit to crack one of the biggest problems in the region: identify and fix the gaps in education success.
They decided to focus on developing a continuous pathway of academic achievement from Pre-K to College Graduation and to develop the work force of tomorrow. County Judge Nelson Wolff said he knows this is a tall order but the first step is to develop a vision for the community and get students on a fast track to good jobs. "And the idea is to reach students earlier - help them get some sort of idea of what they want to do before they graduate. Get industry certificates while they are in high school - get duel colleges while they are in high school - get an associates degree while they are in high school. start the process earlier in getting a person saying where would i like to go and what are the advantages of going on what ever career path." Adriana Contreras is the executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership. Speaking Wednesday on the Source she said there's still a lot of work to do but there is a commitment to cooperation from education institutions in the area. "We brought together higher-ed and secondary. We brought together businesses and non-profits to come together and talk about this. OK, what kind of pathway can we create for the students." A second summit is planned on Oct 14 at Trinity University. Guests:
- Adriana Contreras, executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership
- Helen Fiegenschue, college access advisor from College Advising Corps