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New program has LISD elementary students thinking about college

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  Lubbock ISD elementary students are already starting to think about college. It is part of a new district wide push to get kids to start dreaming about their future at a young age.

It is the first ever college and career week across district campuses and all the talk about college is certainly starting to catch on.

"It's awesome because you get to think about what you are going to do after high school," said Alexandra Gonzalez, a 5th grader at Parsons Elementary.

"All the kids are asking teachers what school they went to," said Caden Hensley who is in the 4th grade at Parsons.

"What college do you want to go to?" asked Jasmine Gonzalez, Alexandra's twin sister. Jasmine explained it is a question that she has started to ask her friends. It's a question that teachers and administrators are excited to hear whispered in the halls.

"They are really encouraging us to do our best and make it work," said Hensley. "You have to get good grades and be a good student."

During college and career week at Parsons and at other schools, students as young as five are learning about college and where their teachers went to school. More importantly, the district says, what they need to do to accomplish their goals.

Doyle Vogler, LISD associate superintendent for teaching and learning, says students are never too young to hear about college. "We want them to have the attitude I am going to college and I can do it."

Vogler says the key is to start somewhere. "Don't say I can't because of financial reasons because again where there is a will there is a way." He wants students and parents to know that the district has resources to help families find money for college.

Seven to eight years from now these three elementary students plan on starting college. "I'm excited because after that you can be what you want to be like a teacher," said Alexandra.

"I've got it down to two. Texas Tech or Kansas," said Caden.

Teachers who were the first in their families to go to college are wearing "I was first" buttons. Vogler was the first in his family to get a college degree. He believes the buttons are a way for students who are the first in their families considering college to talk to someone who has walked down that road before.  

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