Growing up, I knew I was going to be the first female president of the United States, a princess or a movie star. Reality soon struck, and I realized I would have a more sensible future. I needed to to get a degree and enter the business world.
I was the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. For me, attending college wasn’t the question but rather which one was the right fit. But when I graduated high school, I did not feel ready for college.
Several area high schools are now preparing students earlier for higher education. At McNeil High School, for example, students choose their college career path as early as eighth grade by selecting one of four programs of study such as health science.
As college students are constantly evolving, so are universities and higher education options. Institutions such as Concordia University Texas cater to a new era of students—those who are older, attend college on nights or weekends and usually still work during the day—by offering accelerated degree programs. At University of Phoenix in Austin, faculty prepare students to fill the business world’s needs and ensure their success after graduation.
With 10 higher education institution campuses located in Northwest Austin, our front-page story by Editor Amy Denney delves into the changes and growth these institutions are going through to keep up and stay ahead of evolving education.
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