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Two New College Freshmen Talk About ‘Beating The Odds’

When school starts this month, some teenagers will find themselves where — just a few years ago—they didn’t imagine they’d be: at college. In Houston Public Media’songoing series Inside the Classroom, two new college freshmen talk about what they had to overcome to get there. Victor Rodriguez, 18, recently graduated from Spring Woods High in […]

Both Victor Rodriguez and Thomas Perez said that the support from the nonprofit, CollegeCommunityCareer, helped them reach higher education. They were among more than 130 students from around the country who gathered at a summit on When school starts this month, some teenagers will find themselves where — just a few years ago—they didn't imagine they’d be: at college. In Houston Public Media’songoing series Inside the Classroom, two new college freshmen talk about what they had to overcome to get there.

Victor Rodriguez, 18, recently graduated from Spring Woods High in Spring Branch, and Thomas Perez, 18, graduated from Willowridge High in Fort Bend.

They met through the nonprofit CollegeCommunityCareer, which helps prepare first-generation, low-income students forhigher education.

Rodriguez and Perez talk about how it made a difference in their lives andwhat they learned from a summit on "Beating the Odds" at the White House.

(Above:Both Victor Rodriguez and Thomas Perez said that the support from the nonprofit, CollegeCommunityCareer, helped them reach higher education. They were among more than 130 students from around the country who gathered at a summit on "Beating the Odds" at the White House this summer. Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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