Southwest Texas Junior College
Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) 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 for local logistical support, making initial contacts with teachers and students, identifying counselors, and maintaining 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 200. Staff at HISD are the key to identifying appropriate science teachers for participation in the program.
These teachers 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.
The GeoFORCE 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 MSEA 11th graders and by providing scholarships for FVSU students who choose to transfer to the Jackson School and pursue degrees in the geosciences.