My Degree Counts
The City of Houston is partnering with the Center for Houston's Future "My Degree Counts" initiative. This partnership helps provide information about financial, academic and community resources to help residents complete their education. Through our partnership, we provide Brown Bag Seminars and college fairs to City of Houston employees and use this process to help identify resources that are helpful to all residents on our home page.
All residents are welcome to use the resources on the My Degree Counts website or our Education Initiatives webpage!
MY DEGREE COUNTS
My Degree Counts is a region-wide initiative led by the Center for Houston’s Future, and endorsed by Houston's mayor, business and nonprofit leaders, community college chancellors, and university presidents from across our nine county metropolitan area. The goal is to raise college graduation rates in the region, as the economic prosperity of a region is directly related to the percentage of its citizens who hold college degrees. Even a 1% increase in the four-year college attainment rate would result in an additional $5 billion dollars for the economy each year. Go to their website to find resources for students, non-profits, and employers who want to participate.
- Website: www.mydegreecounts.com
MAYOR'S OFFICE OF EDUCATION INITIATIVES
The Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives' home page organizes many helpful resources for college and career planning. Look at our programs and partnerships to find key resources and answers to your questions. Some of our resources include:
- Student Technology
- Resources for Veterans
- Resources for People with Disabilities
- An Interactive Student Financial Aid Guide
- Website: www.houstontx.gov/education
City of Houston employees may also want to explore some of the resources offered through partnerships with Learning Counts as well as area colleges and universities!
LearningCounts.org has a program for City of Houston employees that allows them to earn college credit for what they already know! City employees can easily see how their job training, work, and volunteer experience translates to college credit by using the College Credit Predictor. The Credit Predictor is free and takes 5 minutes to complete! Take a look at some Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this service.
- Website: www.learningcounts.org
CITY OF HOUSTON ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
The Learning and Development Center (LDC) has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the University of Houston System (UHS), Houston Community College (HCC) and Texas Southern University (TSU) to establish Articulation Agreements with the City. These agreements allow employees to receive college credit (usually for electives) for approved courses taken at the LDC, free of charge. Employees are also able to speak one-on-one with counselors at the universities.
- Website: https://www.houstontx.gov/ldc
- Contact: Carlos de Hoyos, 832.395.4851 or email@example.com
- Contact: Noel Pinnock, 832.393.4852 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GROW YOUR OWN WORKFORCE INITIATIVE
City government offers a wide variety of rewarding careers that have opportunities to grow. The Grow Your Own Workforce initiative seeks to “grow our own” future workforce by planting seeds in the minds of students about those opportunities. The GYOW web site is your gateway to explore the City departments, find out what they do, and see the jobs they offer and what’s required to do them.
- Website: https://www.houstontx.gov/hr/gyow/summer_jobs.html
- Contact: Velma Laws, 713.837.9410 or email@example.com