Texas Connections Academy is a new way to learn: A tutorial
Connections is a program that provides resources to help students get a leg up in their school.
The program was started by the University of Texas at Austin to help the UT community.
“We wanted to make sure that we had some resources that students can take advantage of, so that when they do graduate and they go to graduate school, they can go into a job that will help them in the future,” said Laura Sowden, the executive director of the UT Connections School.
She explained that the program is a way to help kids get a foot in the door of a career.
“You get a sense of the people that you have around you that are going to be there to support you and be a mentor and mentor you,” she said.
She said Connections was also a way for the UT network to provide access to resources for students who may not be able to take advantage if they are already in the system.
“It was really just trying to connect those students to opportunities and resources that are out there for them,” Sowensaid.
The program was originally launched in 2017 and was rolled out across the state.
Now that the UT program has grown, the Connections team is trying to expand its reach, adding more and more classrooms.
The Connections school has added 10 new classrooms over the last few months.
That means now they are enrolling over 400 students each year.
“That means they are having a more active, engaged student body that can learn more and they’re going to have more of a variety of students that are interested in what the school is about,” Sowell said.
“The students who are coming in from the outside are going in knowing that they’re not going to learn all of the same things, but they’re more interested in learning about what the program entails, which is more relevant and more interesting,” she added.
Connections has also added a second teaching staff that helps connect students with tutors.
“They’re really helping us out, helping us with a lot of different learning needs, because we’re trying to get students into the workforce,” Sowed said.
The UT Connectments program is not limited to the UT campus.
It is also available to other institutions and even at universities in California, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.