By 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all American job openings will require some sort of postsecondary education. Yet for many prospective college students, higher education seems financially out of reach. And the road for students in Texas, which has dropped below the national average in postsecondary degree attainment, can seem particularly steep.
In high school, Ricardo Espitia, now a sophomore at the University of Texas, thought earning a college degree was a long shot. But after attending a College Forward information session his view dramatically changed. With programs in Central Texas and greater Houston, College Forward offers three core programs; high school college prep classes, parent education and support, and college persistence programs that help students not only gain admittance to college, but earn their degrees. Listen to what Ricardo, his mom, persistence coach, and others have to say about how the program works