Academic Partners

Southwest Texas Junior College

Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) is the portal that connects the Jackson School with 18 independent school districts in southwest Texas. Their established network of schools, principals, and teachers has allowed GeoFORCE to efficiently disseminate information, conduct the application process, and establish the program across a large geographic area. In addition to providing the school network, SWTJC is an active participant in all aspects of the GeoFORCE program.

JSG provides funding for SWTJC to offer local logistical support, make initial contacts with teachers and students, identify counselors, and maintain financial and contractual records for local purchases.

SWTJC personnel arrange GeoFORCE events in southwest Texas, provide transportation for students in Eagle Pass and Del Rio, and prepare news articles for publication in local newspapers.

Houston Independent School District

The Houston Indpendent School District joined GeoFORCE in 2007 and will grow to 320 student participants by the end of the summer of 2009.

Staff at HISD are the key to identifying appropriate science teachers for participation in the program.

These teachers then encourage outstanding students to apply to GeoFORCE and assist them in the application process. HISD staff also assist in review of student applications, arranging meeting space, and participate in the events.

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) has played a significant role in the development of GeoFORCE starting on day one.

Our program is styled after FVSU’s successful Mathematics, Science and Engineering Academy (MSEA), which has been in operation since 1993.

In addition to incorporating several aspects of the MSEA program, GeoFORCE interacts with FVSU by hosting and funding their MSEA 11th graders and by providing scholarships for FVSU students who choose to transfer to the Jackson School and pursue degrees in the geosciences.

  • “The most significant thing that GeoFORCE has taught me goes far beyond any scientific knowledge that I’ve acquired.  Through GeoFORCE I have learned that there are far more possibilities in life than I could ever have imagined.”