Leticia Van de Putte Talks Texas Promise Program and Smart Partnerships With Students
Today, students and officials from El Paso Community College and Transmountain Early College High School welcomed Senator Leticia Van de Putte to tour their facilities. Leticia participated in a roundtable discussion with students, teachers, and administrators on the importance of workforce development, higher education and business partnerships, college affordability, and opportunity for all.
Leticia discussed her Texas Promise scholarship program to ensure all eligible high school students can afford college or technical education. She also discussed the importance of strong partnerships like those between business, El Paso ISD, El Paso Community College, and the University of Texas El Paso that can get students to and through college, ready for a globally competitive economy.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement:
“El Paso gets it, higher education is getting further and further out of reach for everyday Texans.Smart partnerships, like those right here, are establishing a strong pathway for students to get to and through college, no matter their income status.
“Higher education costs are rising and Texas is creating more jobs than it has qualified workers to fill. That is why I proposed my Texas Promise Scholarship Program to offer all qualifying high school graduates free community college or advanced technical training. The program is funded by using existing state funds in a smarter way.
“Texas can rise to the challenge and we know that investing in Texans and their education is always a great deal. My program draws interest from a $2 billion allocation from the Rainy Day Fund to fund our commitment to the future Texas workforce. The capital would never be spent.
“With the Texas Promise program our workforce would be smarter, our families more financially secure, and our state and economy – stronger. As Lt. Governor, I’ll put Texas students and families first.”
Leticia Van de Putte has released the following Texas First PreK-16 Policy proposals: