Local high school English language learners visit campus as part of community engagement project

On Nov. 7, Guyer High School students will tour campus and learn about the college admissions process as part of a program called Mentoring English Language Learners to Transition from High School to College. The program started in the spring semester of 2014 and is run by the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Program at UNT's College of Education in coordination with Guyer High School and two UNT student organizations – UNT SERVES and UNT LULAC. Guyer High School guidance counselors have helped pair their students with UNT student-mentors to talk about financial aid opportunities, how to apply to college, how to choose a career, how to improve their grades and how to prepare for college admission tests.

"We're giving them information about the trajectory that students can follow to make it to UNT or any other college," said Rossana Boyd, director of the bilingual/ESL teacher certification programs in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. "With the help of Guyer High School guidance counselors, we will help them through that process so they can get a college education."

The mentoring project was made possible with a UNT community engagement grant to support service and scholarly projects that represent collaborative partnerships among community partners, students and faculty members. 

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