Started in 2011, GradTX works to return the “some college, no credential” population to college to earn one of the most powerful tools for social mobility – a postsecondary credential.
Recently upgraded, GradTX 2.0 takes a decidedly region-specific, student-centered approach, offering intensive, individualized supports for returning students–a population that trends low-income, first-generation college-bound, and minority. The returning student’s journey begins by accessing a central portal where the student can identify local learning and employment opportunities of interest, followed by personal contact with program counselors to guide the student through enrollment and beyond.
Experience and study show that in a state as diverse as Texas, region-specific planning works best, which is why GradTX 2.0 launches first in the Greater Houston Area where nearly one million residents aged 25 years or older started college but never finished.
Over 3.2 million Texans ages 25 and over have earned some college credit, but no certificate or degree. And in Texas, which is growing by a rate of 1,200 people per day, it is critical to narrow educational inequality gaps, especially following COVID-19 which eliminated so many low-skill jobs.