AT&T grant expands CIS program at MHS

AT&T grant expands CIS program at MHS
Posted on 09/28/2018

McCollum High School is one of five local high schools that will benefit from a $1 million AT&T grant awarded to Communities in Schools of San Antonio (CIS SA).

The $1 million award was announced during a press conference at the Plaza de Armas Gallery on Sept. 25. HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal and CIS SA coordinators from McCollum were in attendance to celebrate the big news.

Awarded through AT&T Aspire, the grant will help expand the CIS program by having two-full time on-site coordinators at McCollum HS to serve 170 students.

The school’s CIS SA coordinators, JJ Chavez and Jacques Rogers, will offer individualized services aimed at increasing graduation rates and college and career planning.

“We are excited that we can offer more opportunities to students, especially the juniors and seniors, and help them with career exploration and navigation,” Chavez said. “This is an opportunity beyond the classroom that will help fill in the gaps and give students what they need to succeed.”

The campus will also now have a licensed professional counselor on site to provide students with mental health support.

“Our students go through crises all the time, and they need more than just a talk from us,” Chavez added. “A mental health professional can really dig deeper to help them work through those ongoing social, emotional and mental health needs, and ultimately guide them towards their future.”

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