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Grayson College pioneers Texoma Promise program to advance economic mobility for North Texas students

Date: Wed, December 15, 2021 04:42 PM

Grayson College announced the launch of the Texoma Promise program to advance economic mobility for North Texas students, Wednesday. The program aims to increase access to tuition-free college education and opportunities for the Texoma area.

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Grayson College, ISD, university representitives and community partners at Texoma Promise Announcement. Credit: Jim Smarr, Multimedia Specialist

“Grayson College is excited to commit to help more of our students complete college and begin careers, bringing prosperity to our community and to communities like ours across the state and nation,” GC President Dr. Jeremy McMillen said. “We believe the step we are taking with the Texoma Promise will be the first of many steps that help transform our region.” 

Funded by a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation, with additional support from the Rural Community College Alliance, the National College Promise Campaign and Phi Theta Kappa, the program will build on the work of the Texas Promise Network, including the success of the Dallas County Promise and the Alamo Promise, tailored to the needs of the rural community.

In addition to supporting local students and communities, Grayson College will work in partnership with other colleges to develop a repeatable, affordable and scalable model for rural communities across Texas and, potentially, across America. GC has formed partnerships with Texas A&M-Commerce, Austin College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Texas Woman’s University and UNT Dallas, so far.

“Texas needs a well-educated workforce to remain competitive in a fast-changing world,” a Greater Texas Foundation representative said. “Yet, too many young people in rural communities lack the opportunity and tools to get ahead, educationaly, and economically.  This grant helps address this need, by giving rural schools and colleges access to game changing technologies for their students.”

Visit grayson.edu/texomapromise or contact Promise Program Director Kristi Wade at wadekr@grayson.edu or 903-463-8781 for more information.