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11/19/02

Texas Pushes for Higher College Enrollment

It's a fact, many young Texans never attend college or a trade school after they finish high school. That's why the state wants to do something about it. On Tuesday, hundreds of Lubbock school kids mingled with Texas Tech representatives to help launch a public awareness campaign called "College for Texans." It's an effort to make sure that people realize the importance of getting more education after high school graduation.

"College is affordable. College is able for all students to reach. The community college is working with universities, especially Texas Tech, to make sure that process is easier. They can come to South Plains College first, then enroll at Tech and get a college degree," said Gary McDaniel, President, SPC.

Even though one million Texans are enrolled in higher education, that's less than 5% of the state's population. The college for Texans campaign hopes to encourage 300,000 Texans to enroll in college by 2015.

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