Javelina Express Mobile GoCenter Geared to Provide Outreach to Prospective Students
KINGSVILLE - February 18, 2009
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42-foot trailer equipped with laptops, satellite connection, most importantly, air conditioning
Texas A&M University-Kingsville has rewritten a popular saying, “If the students can’t come to us, we will go to the students.” With the acquisition of the Javelina Express Mobile Go Center, advisors, recruiters, financial aid personnel and others can go to the students.
University officials gathered today, Wednesday, Feb. 18, to celebrate the launch of the Javelina Express, made possible by generous support of $134,000 from the Texas Pioneer Foundation and $5,000 from College for All Texans. The Javelina Express is a 42-foot trailer equipped with 17 laptop computers and a satellite connection for the internet. It will be air conditioned and heated by a gas-powered generator.
“The purpose of the Javelina Express Mobile Go Center is to support and serve new Javelinas, their families and communities,” said Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College. “Our target audiences include economically disadvantaged students who may lack the ability to attend traditional college events, first generation college students whose families may not be familiar with the steps involved in joining a college-going culture and students preparing to transfer to A&M-Kingsville from community colleges participating in joint admission agreement programs.”
Texas A&M-Kingsville has joint admission agreement programs with Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Blinn College in Brenham, Palo Alto and San Antonio Colleges in San Antonio, Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde and Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
“We also hope to use the Javelina Express as a component of our outreach to South Texas public schools,” Brown added. “The complex lives of teachers and professional staff often prohibit attendance at centralized meetings on campuses like ours in Kingsville. So, why not provide support to public schools through services provided by the mobile center.”
While visiting local schools, Javelina Express staff will be able to provide answers to important questions from students and their families in a casual, comfortable setting, help prospective students apply for admission to state colleges and universities, assist with scholarship and financial aid applications in a timely manner, give students an opportunity to complete a state-required placement test, support career planning using a comprehensive career planning program and bring academic advising and registration to the students, Brown said.
Although the Javelina Express is a first for A&M-Kingsville, it is not the first in the state. There are already 18 mobile units at 17 colleges and universities throughout the state, said Durvell “Dewy” Brooks, program director for outreach initiatives, for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s division for P-16 initiatives.
“At last count, throughout the state, mobile units have served nearly 70,000 people since the first one was put on the road in 2006,” Brooks said.
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