Focus Area: Education
|Educational Attainment Lags in Colonias|
|NOTE: Adults 25 years and older.|
SOURCE: Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
|Median Earnings Increase with More Education in United States|
|NOTE: Median “earnings” is used as the measurement because it includes only what is earned at a job: wages, salaries and self-employment income. In contrast, median “income” includes earnings plus 41 other components. For details, see the Census website at www.census.gov/cps/data/incdef.html.|
SOURCE: Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
Parents want to help their children succeed but are hindered by their own low education levels, lack of experience with the education system and limited English proficiency, which make it difficult for them to be advocates for their children in school.
A number of local efforts are aimed at developing students’ talents, preparing them for the workforce and helping them become civically engaged. Organizations behind some of the most noteworthy efforts are Project ARISE, Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, South Texas College, IDEA Public Schools and Pharr–San Juan–Alamo (PSJA) Independent School District.
PSJA is known for its success in preparing students—starting at the prekindergarten level—for high school graduation and college, focusing on children’s and parents’ strengths and assets, such as Spanish language proficiency. The high school provides dual-enrollment college courses and has seen an increase in its four-year graduation rate from 62 percent in 2007 to 88 percent in 2014.
Organizations like PSJA serve as building blocks to community and economic development in colonia communities.