Graduating seniors from Jack Yates High School in Houston experienced the academic and social life at Texas Tech this weekend. Students and faculty were led on tours of the Tech campus, faculty, and Lubbock. It's all part of an effort to increase the inner city student population at Texas Tech.
These students are part of a goal to change the face of the Tech community. Cathy Allen, Vice Chancellor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, says that this is one way that they are reaching out to make sure that schools like Yates get to experience Texas Tech. Students and faculty got to experience a variety of academic interests.
Cathy Allen says that students have been surprised with the academic quality and diversity in the programs offered at Tech. Devell Blanton, senior at Yates High School, says that he is amazed at all of the things Tech has to offer.
A product of the recruiting program herself, Barbara Owens experienced a culture shock when she began her career at Tech. She says that the biggest change for her was that there were very little African American students. That's the reason Texas Tech is striving towards enriching its campus with a more diverse population. Owens says that this program is a great start for students like her to get their foot in the door.
Earnesteine Randle, scholarship coordinator at Yates, say that the greatest outcome that she would like to see is that the students get here, complete the program, that they are successful, and that they receive a diploma in whatever field they decide to go into.
Students not only got to experience the academic part of Texas Tech, but they also got to be a part of the game day festivities. And so far, students say they like what they see. Felicia Hayes, senior at Yates, says that Lubbock is a beautiful place and she likes the atmosphere. Forrest Butler, another senior at Yates, is very impressed with the organizations on campus. He says that there are over 450 student organizations that he can be active with.
Jori Patton, senior at Yates, says that everybody she's met here is nice, and that strangers even helped when the group got lost. Even though they got lost on campus, they are on the right path for a bright future at Texas Tech. Cathy Allen says that this program is an eye opener to show the Yates students that they can succeed at Texas Tech. This is the third year that Jack Yates High School seniors got to visit Texas Tech.
Nine out of ten of the students visiting have applied to Texas Tech.