The University of Texas at Tyler, in collaboration with the Tyler Area Partnership 4 Education, will participate in a weeklong campaign aimed to help high school seniors with the college application process, Sarah Bowdin, assistant vice president for enrollment management, announced.
"Apply Yourself Smith County" will be Nov. 16 to 20 during East Texas College Fair Week. Colleges from near and far will visit with and recruit students during fairs at local colleges, convention centers and on high school campuses. As part of the campaign's college access initiative, high school representatives across Smith County will aid its seniors with the goal of them each completing and submitting at least one college application.
The Tyler Area College Fair will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Tyler Junior College's Gentry Gym, located inside the Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center. UT Tyler admissions representatives will be stationed in the university's Mobile Go Center 4 to 6 p.m. that day on site to help facilitate college applications.
Tyler Independent School District and other Smith County high schools also will offer assistance with applications during the week through specific classes.
"We know that the single greatest indicator of economic prosperity and quality of life in a region is the percentage of the population with a postsecondary degree or credential," said Donna Spann, CEO of Capstone College Advising and TAP4E Leadership Council member. "We must increase the number of high school graduates who enroll in college to ensure that all students are workforce ready and prepared for a successful future."
TAP4E is a subcommittee of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Education Council.