With over 80% of El Paso high school students staying in El Paso for postsecondary education, El Paso’s economy is uniquely tied to our educational attainment rates. Predictions indicate that by 2020 over 65% of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary degrees and training beyond high school. However, currently only 19% of El Paso students obtain a college degree or post-secondary certification.
Ensuring El Paso is ready for future economic success is a key goal for CREEED. Thus, to ensure education attainment for El Paso students is a reality, CREEED launched Choose to Excel.
Choose to Excel’s goal is to increase postsecondary graduation rates by building a sustainable pipeline of college-ready students. To accomplish this, we are working with community, business and academic leaders to develop a portfolio of high performing schools that includes: public, magnet, charter, and private educational options for the students of El Paso.
Choose to Excel focuses on three key areas:
- Increasing the number of high performing schools in the region: CREEED is a resource and partner to our local superintendents and school districts, supporting efforts to expand successful high performing school initiatives. To reach the 60x30TX goals, CREEED is also partnering with state and national schools that have successful track records of increasing educational attainment and a desire to be part of the El Paso educational solution. While we support high-performing charter schools coming to the region, we recognize that they alone will not turn around our education challenges. CREEED wants to foster greater collaboration between charters and our traditional schools so they move forward together.
- Building a stronger and more innovative educator talent pipeline: CREEED is working with external organizations and local educators at both the K-12 and Higher Ed space to strengthen our educator pipeline so that we prepare and attract highly skilled educators. Educators play a key role in the advancement of our students. CREEED believes progress can only be made if we have highly knowledgeable and innovative educators to lead the way. An investment in our teachers and school leadership is an investment in our students.
- Developing greater community and parent engagement: With the passage of many school bonds totaling over $1 billion dollars, parents have spoken out that they want a better educational system for their children. Working with community organizations, CREEED believes stronger parent engagement will lead to better informed decisions on providing the best education for every student. CREEED will work to provide more opportunities for parents to be engaged in decision making and an advocate for their child’s education.
In September 2017, CREEED partnered with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to host an educational summit in El Paso. The goal of the summit was to bring together local, state and national educators and educational organizations to begin conversation on how we can best meet the state 60x30TX goals. More information on the event can be found here.