Summit to focus on progress of college access efforts in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 24, 2014) – Next Monday, April 28, over 60 local educators will gather to report progress and identify opportunities for furthering San Antonio’s college access goals during the College Access Summit. The Summit, hosted by the San Antonio College Access Network (SA-CAN), takes place at cafécollege from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. as part of San Antonio’s Destination College 2014.

A report released by Lumina Foundation this week identifies San Antonio ranks 24th of 25 major United States metropolitan areas in college degree attainment but the community has made strides in closing this gap. The College Access Summit provides a forum to build upon the success San Antonio has made in increasing the number of students enrolling in post-secondary studies and attaining post-secondary credentials.

“The College Access Summit will bring together professionals from college access providers, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and community based organizations to identify strengths and gaps in college access for San Antonio,” states Eyra Perez, executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership and co-chair of the San Antonio College Access Network (SA-CAN).  “Through this engagement, we will identify citywide strategies for our collective efforts to make greater strides in college enrollment, persistence, and attainment. We will also develop a set of core values, across many partners, which will serve as guiding principles for college access in San Antonio.”

The day continues to focus on local college access efforts as the San Antonio College Access Network (SA-CAN) and the Center for Public Policy Priorities co-host a community forum, “The Road to College Completion: What it takes to survive and thrive in Bexar County,” at cafécollege from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The community forum will highlight the challenges Texas’ working families face in their search to become financially independent.

Focusing on the connection between college completion and getting ahead in Texas, the Center for Public Policy Priorities will explore how a family’s basic expenses and the ability to save and pay for college create significant financial barriers to college access and completion. The event will conclude with a panel discussion with local leaders on what opportunities exist in Bexar County to support college access and success and promote family economic security.

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Contact: Tessa Benavides / tbenavides@saedpartnership.org / p. (210) 207-4769

The San Antonio Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization celebrating more than 20 years of providing key services and college scholarships to at-risk high school students, equipping them for college success. In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the corporate community, school districts, local colleges/universities, Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and Metro Alliance, the San Antonio Education Partnership provides direct services to more than 35,000 students and their families in career awareness, college entry and enrollment, financial aid, and college transition through its three programs: Scholarships, cafécollege and Road to Success.