UNT Receives $1.6M Grant for High School Career Connect

The grant funds the first three years of the program and provides students with career development resources.

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The Greater Texas Foundation has awarded a $1.6 million grant to the University of North Texas to support High School Career Connect.

The grant funds the first three years of the program and provides students with career development tools, skills inventory, resume creation programs, computers, and program management, according to a release. 

“Besides the obvious benefit to middle and high school students, we also realize how this program can impact communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills of the UNT student mentors,” UNT Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth With said. “Over the long term, we expect to see additional benefits for UNT as high school program participants graduate, enroll at UNT, and become High School Career Connect program mentors for the next generation.”

“Greater Texas Foundation understands the value of supporting student success at UNT.”
David Wolf

UNT established High School Career Connect to ensure that Denton County middle and high school students have a way to obtain career education before they make their endorsement, college, and career decisions.

All eighth grade students are required to choose an area of focus (an endorsement) to direct their course selections through high school in the state of Texas. 

In 2008, UNT received assistance from the foundation and introduced Teach North Texas. UNT said the program has a 100 percent job placement rate and has graduated nearly 200 trained educators.

“Greater Texas Foundation understands the value of supporting student success at UNT. We are excited to expand our partnership to include this new program,” UNT Vice President for Advancement David Wolf said. 

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