HOUSTON, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 14, 2004–The U.S. Army has created Planning for Life, an educational program designed to assist high school student’s plan for their future beyond high school. The Planning for Life program is helpful on several fronts, namely helping students learn to communicate effectively, improving their standardized test taking skills, identifying new ways to secure professional experience and developing a plan to help finance college.
In conjunction with the Houston LULAC National Education Service Center, Planning For Life workshops will be held in Houston on Friday, April 16 at Milby and George I. Sanchez High Schools and Saturday, April 17 at the University of St. Thomas.
“This is a win-win for everyone,” said Capt. Chevelle Thomas, Public Relations and Partnership Branch Chief for U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Students obtain the skills necessary to succeed, schools get motivated students with higher goals and better standardized test scores, and parents can feel confident that their children are better prepared – academically and financially — to attend college.”
Planning For Life toolkit includes:
— March2Success (http://www.march2success.com) a free on-line, self-paced refresher course in math, English and test-taking skills. This program was developed in conjunction with The Princeton Review; a company renowned for helping students navigate standardized tests, and is sponsored by the U.S. Army. Users of this Website are under no obligation to be contacted by a recruiter.
— A free flash card system called Winning Colors(R), where participants take the challenge to figure out their communications styles and how to best communicate with others.
— The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Students. Through this directory, students can discover ways to fund college and gain invaluable work experience.
“Parents and educators in our communities are always looking for information that will help their children be prepared when it comes to college prepping and funding their education,” said Rose Ann Blanco, Field Director for the Houston LULAC National Education Service Center (LNESC). “Empowering tools such as Planning For Life provides opportunities for students, parents, educators and the educational community such as Houston’s LNESC to get involved to help make attending college an attainable goal.”
Motivational speaker Sharon Zapata, a Houston native and local businesswoman will lead Friday’s workshops at Milby and Sanchez High Schools. Sharon is founder and CEO of HispanicBusinessWoman.com and is the president of The Dream Builders – Lecture Series Company. Her experience includes promoting education and scholarships to help Hispanic women succeed in their own personal and professional lives. Lt Col (Retired) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch also a native Texan from Laredo – a renowned charismatic, passionate and entertaining speaker will speak Saturday morning at the University of St. Thomas. Consuelo is an author, retired U.S. Army Lt Col and businesswoman; she is president and CEO of Educational Achievement Services. Both Sharon and Consuelo will touch on key points about overcoming personal obstacles, the importance of education and studying for college entrance exams.
The U.S. Army works with other organizations including the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans/Partners in Hispanic Education, U.S. Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (USHCC), and the National Association of Hispanic Publications to sponsor Planning For Life workshops around the country, including Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Antonio this Spring. Additional workshops are planned for the Fall semester.
For more information about the Planning For Life workshop in Houston, contact Roxanna Brightwell at 210-872-9433 or Nelda Carrizales Skevington at 210-416-0418.
Nelda Carrizales Skevington