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What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 16

PelotonU familia, it’s Erika – long time reader and first time writer of the What a Thing Chronicles! We have been busy planning for our upcoming Degree Celebration which will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Central site. We look forward to celebrating 15 degree earners which surpasses our last degree celebration as the biggest one yet! We’ve still got plenty of time to add another couple of names to the list!  Speaking of events, Pelotonians recently beat the heat at our Summer Social Gathering on Saturday, July 27th at our Central site. Students and...

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 15

Our Student Ambassador Committee has been hard at work (shout out to Jorge, Cyndi, and Wendy) for the past six months! If you haven’t heard, they are running a month long competition during June and giving away a $100 gift card for current students who get the most people to sign up to start PelotonU. Second prize is a $50 gift card third prize is a mix of PelotonU swag items (stickers, pins, magnets, and more!) We get some of our custom printed Vinyl Stickers,​ magnets, and pins ​from our friends at Sticker Mule and they go really fast! You’ll...

GED/HSE Preparation Options in Austin

For students who are looking to secure their GED or High School Equivalency Diploma, it might be tricky keeping track of all of your options. Look no further than the guide below – we worked to compile comprehensive service options for the ease and convenience of future college students in our city! Check out the guide for free local support services for GED seekers and their families! Questions? Call 512-553-2338 to speak with an advisor or sign up here.

English Language Courses In Austin

The pathway to college may include a couple of checkpoints along the way – and that’s okay! We are thrilled to help future students find the resources they need to be prepared for our college programs. Check out the guide below for free local support services for English language learners and their families! Questions? Call 512-553-2338 to speak with an advisor or sign up here.

Two Generations at a Time: PelotonU Launches Third Site with OpenDoor Preschool

In Austin, parents with low income must navigate particularly complex decisions about how to support their families. To earn a living wage, a parent with two kids must earn $27.69 an hour. Without a bachelor’s degree, however, that wage is out of reach. When a parent decides to pursue a degree, she must then figure out the trade offs of education costs, fitting school into her already busy schedule, and how to ensure her children are well cared for. Odds are, this parent will have to enroll in college part-time, giving them just a 16% chance of graduating – and...

Scholarships For All

ImmigrantsRising.org is a California- based non-profit that shares a variety of resources for those who might struggle attending college due to residency issues. One of our favorite college resources – their 50+ page scholarship guide that lists over 100 available scholarships open to high school upperclassmen and college students. The best thing about this guide: the scholarship listed are available to all, regardless of residency status. So if you’re a citizen or green card holder, apply! If you’re not, still apply! Check out some of our favorite scholarships below:
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Veterans Education Benefits

Veterans Education Benefits can be complicated – which benefits apply to what type of schools and programs and for how long? The below advising tool and resource compares the various education benefits available to veterans. Questions? Call 512-553-2338 to speak with an advisor or sign up here.

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 14

Can you feel it? Spring is almost here! It will arrive officially on Wednesday, March 20. Of course, we already knew spring was just around the corner with all the SXSW traffic and bluebonnets springing up all over the place. (Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your bluebonnet pics! I know the weather had us believing otherwise, but that’s just Texas keeping it interesting. Altruistic. Never in my life have I heard this word used accurately as when my fellow coach Erika used it to describe Wendy Delgadillo on the night of our most recent degree celebration. The...

Post-Traditional Students in Central Texas

We’re lucky in Austin to have so many organizations and schools dedicated to ensuring that anyone who wants it can earn a college degree. And yet nearly 250,000 Austinites older than 25 have gone to college and dropped out. The purpose of this research was to better understand the experience of post-traditional college students in Central Texas, especially those supported by college access and completion programs. Below is a high level summary of our research and findings. For details and findings from student interviews see this report conducted by Austin Center for Design (AC4D). Background First, a definition.  Post-traditional students...

Healthcare Management Pathways

Interested in getting into non-clinical healthcare careers? There are several different ways to break into field in operations, finance, marketing and more when it comes to healthcare, and each industry asks for different strengths and skills from its’ employees. Check out the table below to see if healthcare administration or management is a good fit for you.

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 13

Welcome to the first 2019 installment of the What a Thing Chronicles! I’m not going to talk about resolutions after all, but this post might help you in staying the course. This chapter is all about persistence, persistence, persistence. Recently, I watched an old episode of A&E’s Biography series. It was about writer Stephen King who grew up extremely poor. His father abandoned the family early on but left behind rejection slips from publishers. It seems that at some point King’s father wanted to be a writer. King asked his mother, Ruth (who was working three jobs at the time...