GATOR program garners large following

GATOR program garners large following

Sat Feb 16, 2013


Brazosport College students, staff, faculty and community members engaged in a series of discussions recently aimed at understanding and addressing achievement gaps in higher education.

Funded by a Wal-Mart PRESS for Completion grant, the GATOR (Gaining Achievement Through Organized Reading) Program is a part of the college’s Achieving the Dream initiative.

In the year-long program, participants screen documentaries, read books and engage in monthly, small group breakout sessions designed to foster community, nurture understanding and extend learning into student success recommendations.

Poverty took center stage in 2012-2013, with a total of 330 participants. So far this year 426 people have joined in the conversations examining the role race and ethnicity play in college success.

The program resumes in February with a documentary and discussion groups.
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PHOTO CAPTION: A group of Brazosport College students, faculty and staff members, led by Lacey Blanding, center, participate in a recent discussion about the book, “Mi Voz, Mi Vida” in the college’s Student Pavilion. The session was part of the college’s popular GATOR program.