This summer, two Texas educational foundations awarded UNT's High School Career Connect grants totaling more than $750,000.
Greater Texas Foundation
Greater Texas Foundation has announced a $664,541 grant for UNT's High School Career Connect, allowing HSCC to continue providing postsecondary and career support to Denton County students. It's the second grant from GTF, whose grant in 2017 funded HSCC's initial three-year program.
Through partnerships with Denton County schools, HSCC provides career assessments, guidance, and resources to students, counselors, administrators, and parents via mentoring from UNT student peer mentors and HSCC's full-time staff.
In its next phase, UNT High School Career Connect will continue to support middle and high school students, transfer students, and parents through traditional one-on-one mentoring, college and career fairs, and parent-education sessions.
Texas Pioneer Foundation
Texas Pioneer Foundation awarded HSCC a grant of $100,000 to help low-income and underrepresented students with academic and career decisions.
"We are excited to provide the support to help expand the UNT High School Career Connect program virtually, which will make it available to more students in Texas,” said Fred Markham, executive director of the Texas Pioneer Foundation. “This program greatly enhances the resources available to high school counselors across the state."
Beginning in July, High School Career Connect will hire peer mentors for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications are now being accepted.
The HSCC staff provides training to student mentors, who then work with middle and high school students throughout Denton County to help prepare them for postsecondary education and careers. Bilingual skills are a plus.
HSCC offers competitive pay.
Interested UNT students should apply via the Handshake website. Login with your UNT email, then search for HSCC peer mentors, job ID 3763552.
Through a generous grant from Bank of America, UNT's High School Career Connect held Future Ready In Frisco, an initiative that brought Frisco ISD students together with employers and entrepreneurs from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Future Ready In Frisco took place at The Star in Frisco on October 29, 2019, and featured networking activities, panel discussions, and workshops. The event encouraged mentorship, entrepreneurship skills, and workforce readiness.