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.
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 Independent School District joined GeoFORCE in 2008. 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.
Our first partnership with GEAR-UP became in the summer of 2014. Since GEAR-UP is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education, GeoFORCE and GEAR-UP were a perfect fit. The initial GEAR-UP cohort consisted of 39 students from Lubbock, Manor, San Antonio, and Somerset.
In order to encourage rural Alaskan high school students to pursue scientific interests and develop scientific abilities, GeoFORCE Alaska was launched by GeoFORCE Texas and UAF in the summer of 2012, at the request and expense of industry sponsors. The first cohort of 18 GeoFORCE Alaska students from the North Slope Borough completed the GeoFORCE Alaska program in summer 2015. 94% of these students have graduated from high school, at least 72% plan to attend college in fall 2016, and 33% plan to major in geoscience. One student elected to forego college in favor of an internship at ASRC. A second cohort of 34 students from the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs entered the program and completed the First-Year Academy in summer 2016.
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.