NEWS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
March 27, 1998
Contact: Rick Svataro, (512) 463-0113

ELLIS TO HELP LAUNCH NEW COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM IN HOUSTON

Austin (3/27/98) -- To help ensure that Houston high school students are fully prepared to enter college, State Senator Rodney Ellis will help the University of Texas at Austin launch the Texas Longhorn PREP college preparatory program in Houston on Saturday, March 28, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at Worthing High School.

The Texas Longhorn PREP Program supports a new law, sponsored by Senator Ellis, that automatically admits the top 10 percent of each graduating class to public universitates and colleges in Texas. The program is designed to give to students in the top 10 percent of their class hands on pre-college instruction and counseling to ensure they are prepared to meet the challenges of their first year in college. Senator Ellis has worked closely with the University of Texas to help implement the program in Houston this spring.

Texas Longhorn PREP (Partners Responding to Educational Priorities) will provide motivation, academic preparation, and counseling on college entrance requirements for scholarships. Beginning this Spring, UT professors and Houston Independent School District English Teachers will work in Houston directly with students to enhance their skills. The goal is to ensure that every student in the top 10 percent of their graduating class knows the importance of academic preparation, including college entrance requirements.

The program is free of charge to Houston students and high schools. The University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Bank of America, provides all the necessary resources to implement the program.

"This enrichment program will help the cream of the crop in every high school in every neighborhood to succeed in college," Senator Ellis said. "I look forward to seeing the Texas Longhorn PREP program help students in Houston prepare for the challenges of life in college."

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