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GenTX Decision Day celebrates students’ higher education, career dreams

Cangas7 Juan Cangas encourages Victoria East High School students to not let past failures determine their academic futures.

Youth empowerment speaker Juan Cangas encouraged 11th-grade students at Victoria East High School on GenTX Decision Day to not allow their past to determine their future.

“Some of you may not have made good grades, and because you have failed you feel like you are a failure. That’s not true,” Cangas said. “Many of you want to go to college or get some training after high school, but there is a voice inside your head saying, ‘You think you can do something after high school? Who do you think you are?’ You have to replace that voice with a new voice. That’s what today is all about.”

AT&T recently donated $10,000 to to the VC Foundation for GenTX-Victoria activities and sponsored Cangas’ speaking engagements with high school students from Liberty Academy and Bloomington, Calhoun, East and West high schools. The talks were held in conjunction with GenTX Decision Day, the day of congratulating students of the Class of 2018 and their plans to continue their education and training after high school while encouraging underclassmen to begin preparing for the future.

“We’re investing in the future along with all of those who have collaborated to make this event possible,” said AT&T Director of External Affairs J.D. Salinas III. “AT&T wants to invest in the future workforce, and we are happy to help GenTX so young men and women can realize their educational dreams and help prepare them for their careers.”

State Rep. Geanie Morrison, who attended Victoria College, participated in the event and proclaimed May 4, 2018 as GenTX Decision Day.

“It’s awesome seeing the students being encouraged to make decisions about their higher education, no matter what they’re going to do,” Morrison said. “I’m very proud of what Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria, the school district and community partners have been able to put together over the past years, because you can see a generation of students that is being helped to make good choices.”

GenTX Decision Day is the culmination of GenTX-Victoria events and activities offered throughout the school year to area students and their families, including career and college exploration, applying for college and getting assistance with financial aid. Other GenTX Decision Day celebrations included pep rallies at East and West, recruiters and mascots from VC and UHV visiting the campuses, and students and teachers wearing their favorite college T-shirts.

GenTX-Victoria, a part of the statewide Generation TX movement, is a community-wide collaboration aimed at encouraging an entire generation of Texans to pursue education or training after high school. Sponsors of GenTX-Victoria activities include Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria ISD, Communities in Schools of the Golden Crescent, Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent and AT&T.