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Division of Student Affairs

High School Career Connect

About US

In 2017, GTF awarded $1.6 million to the University of North Texas to extend its successful college and career peer mentoring program to local middle and high schools. High School Career Connect (HSCC) is a career development and education service for middle school, high school and college students throughout Denton County. The HSCC program has been established in response to Texas House Bill 5, which requires children to choose their career paths in eighth grade in order to identify which endorsements (academic tracks) they should follow in high school. Unfortunately, many schools lack adequate career education services to assist students in making informed choices regarding continued education and careers. HSCC’s mission is to increase access to relevant career resources and expand Denton County schools’ capacity to deliver them.


The High School Career Connect Team is dedicated to you, no matter who you are.  Not only are we a resource of information regarding career opportunities for the employees of tomorrow, but we also provide support to schools to implement the requirements of House Bill 5.

Meet the Team

Cris Buxton


Sam Williamson

Assistant Director

Quortina Phipps

Education Coordinator

Faith Black

Adminstrative Coordinator

Meet the Mentors

Demond Brown Emily Pearson Garrison Gerard Hannah Slider Jesse Jines
Joshua Beltran Kamron Allen Kelly Perez Kevika Rustagi Melissa Stewart
Mijani Petties Nadirah Hill Sandra Escorza Uchenna Ajiwe Melissa Shead