Café College serves up a path to higher education

San Antonio students, parents and anyone interested in attending college now have a local resource all their own to provide direction in navigating the college process.

Café College, designed by the City of San Antonio and managed by the San Antonio Education Partnership, opens on Tuesday, Sept. 28 in downtown San Antonio at at 131 El Paso St.

Café College will offer free guidance to San Antonians preparing for and applying to the higher education institution of their choice. Trained staff will work with middle school through senior high school students, parents and guardians and stopouts (college students who for one reason or another stopped attending college before completing their course plans). Assistance for transfer students and Spanish-dominant visitors will also be provided.

A companion website, cafecollege.org, mirrors the services offered by the center.

“We wanted this new college resource center to be a place where students would be comfortable. We feel the new name reflects that setting,” says Judy McCormick, executive director of the partnership.

Designed to reflect San Antonio’s increasingly diverse population, both Café College and cafecollege.org will feature a vibrant color palette, visuals and architecture which make them appealing and easy to use.

In addition to offering large, colorful and easy to navigate menu options, the website features videos at each section with introductions from actual students and parents who have benefitted from the services of the partnership. Mayor Julián Castro, who made Café College a reality, welcomes visitors to the home page.

“So much of San Antonio’s future economic growth and prosperity depends upon the creation of a new generation of highly educated, highly skilled members of the workforce,” said Mayor Castro. “Investing in an educational resource of this magnitude helps ensure that our students have the paths and possibilities to academic excellence and success at their fingertips.”

The new café college will help to connect students and parents to the resources they need, said Nikki Salzillo, board chairman of the partnership.

“Café College will facilitate and increase partnerships among students, high school counselors, and universities and colleges in order to help more students receive college information and assistance,” Salzillo said. “There presently exists a ratio of 400 students to each high school counselor, so Café College will compliment the work of the counselors. Students and parents from across the city will be able to come to café college and get all the information they need.”

Beginning Sept. 28, Café College will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (210) 229-9900, ext. 223 or e-mail info@saedpartnership.org.

 

The San Antonio Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization celebrating more than twenty years of providing key services and college scholarships to at-risk high school students who meet high attendance and academic requirements. The program is a partnership of the City of San Antonio, the corporate community, eight school districts serving 25 area high schools, local colleges/universities, Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and Metro Alliance. Since 1989, over $14 million in scholarships have been awarded to students attending local colleges and universities.