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March 22nd, 2010
G-Force works to aid prospective college students

031610gforceTexas State AmeriCorps G-Force members, front row, left to right: Louren Glosson, Michael Webbley. Back Row, left to right:  Saraya Navarro, Jennife Rivera, Ashly Thompson, and Jake Taylor. Photo by Robin D. Wood.

STAFF REPORT

Texas State, the San Marcos community and San Marcos CISD have initiated a P-16 partnership in the College Access Project (CAP).

A P-16 initiative describes an integrated system of education spanning preschool (P) on through to a four year college degree (i.e. grade “16”). The San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins, participates by providing access to information for potential college students on the college or university of their choice and hosting the Go Center.

The Go Center is where members of the Texas State Americorps G-Force are present three days per week to work with prospective students.

This service is free and provides pre-college information to high school students, their parents/guardians, community members and non-traditional students who have taken time off between high school and college.

College bound individuals may visit the Go Center at the library on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Assistance will be available to help potential college students search for colleges, fill out applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and writing admission and scholarship essays. The G-Force can also help students apply for scholarships and other means of financial aid.

CAP can offer financial assistance with ACT/SAT waivers, admission fee waivers and college visits. No appointment is needed to visit the Go Center, which is a free walk-in service.

For more information on the program, call the CAP office at (512) 245-8192.

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