San Antonio Summer Enrichment Academies Prepare Students for the PSAT, SAT and ACT

July 26, 2012

Written by Shante Johnson

Over 60 high school students participated in Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA), a college preparatory program sponsored by UT Outreach – San Antonio July 17-20. The event took place at Café College, one of the city’s most well-known locations for kids to seek out information on college.

SEA for 9th & 10th Graders

The 9th and 10th graders participated in a two-day program which included workshops on social media, community service, public speaking, PSAT and ACT preparation, career exploration and resume building. The Summer Enrichment Academy participants received welcoming remarks from Director of UT Outreach – San Antonio, Lori Reyes, and heard from several guest speakers from San Antonio and Austin. For example, Gabriela Tello, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, talked to the students about the importance of community service. UT Outreach Summer Associate, Shanté Johnson, facilitated small group discussions on the positive and negative effects of using social media and Sarah Rodriguez, spoke about the process of applying for the highly coveted Gates Millennium Scholarship Program.

SEA for 11th-12th Graders

Juniors and seniors from across San Antonio got tips about writing college essays and received SAT and ACT prep.


The 11th and 12th graders participated in two days of workshops which featured tips on writing essays for college admission, finding and securing scholarships, understanding the different types of financial aid, building a strong résumé, and preparing for the SAT/ACT.  A spirited session titled College 101 and featuring admission counselors, provided high school juniors and seniors with insights on the respective admission processes for UT Austin and A&M University.

At the conclusion of each of the two-day programs, students received t-shirts and certificates of completion for their participation.

The tee-shirt says it all: Creating a college-going culture is the goal of UT Outreach programs.

For more information and pictures visit UT Outreach- San Antonio’s Facebook page:

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