Go College Van

In an effort to increase enrollment in higher edcuation Houston Community College is operating a mobile college information van. As Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports, the van is equipped with everything a student needs to begin the enrollment process in any Texas school.

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The Mobile Go Center is an initiative of the College for Texans/Closing the Gaps state program. It's a one-stop college information facility. HCC's Online Student Services Director Millicent Landry Woods says the van is equipped with a ten laptop computers, highspeed internet connections, scanners, printers and guidance counselors who help prospective college students navigate the enrollment process.

"About enrolling in any college. Not just Houston Community College, but our partner colleges. And that would be San Jac, North Harris, College of the Mainland, so on and so forth. And it's an opportunity for students to get that information, come aboard and actually complete an application for whatever college they're interested in and to also get information about financial aid and perhaps to fill out the FAFSA and we have some of our students right now doing that."

The Go van is one of four in the state. This one, manned by HCC staff, will travel to high schools and community colleges in the Texas Gulf Coast area. Woods says they will target underserved communities.

"Where, unfortunately, the word does not get out about community college or college at all. And we want to get to those folks and say 'hey, here's your opportunity' and we want to give them the information that they need to make a choice to go to college."

Mikeisha Jenkins is a twelfth grader who came to the van along with a group brought by the City of Houston's Housing program. Jenkins wants to study for a career in social work and plans to attend either Prairie View A&M or Lamar University.

"I just want to get myself prepared for college. I really understand the whole process because I have been looking up on colleges and things like that. I'm really prepared to go to a college already, but I'm just here because you know, every experience is just a good experience, so that's why I came."

The Go vans were equipped through a grant from the AT&T Foundation and work in cooperation with college and career Go Centers located in high schools throughout Texas. Laurie Johnson Houston Public Radio News.

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