Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives and Center for
Houston’s Future to Expand My Degree Counts Partnership
National League of Cities will provide technical assistance



November 12, 2013 -- The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives and the Center for Houston’s Future (CHF) announce the expansion of the My Degree Counts partnership made possible by support from the National League of Cities (NLC). Houston is one of seven cities recently selected to receive technical assistance under the NLC’s Communities Advancing Postsecondary Success (CAPS) initiative.


“The City of Houston is pleased to receive NLC’s support as we continue our partnership with the Center for Houston’s Future to promote college readiness and post-secondary education,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Our goal is to encourage our young people and adults to obtain the post-secondary education and career training they need to become a vital part of the city’s skilled workforce and economic growth.”


Houston was invited to participate in the CAPS initiative because of the strong partnership between the City and CHF and the success of My Degree Counts. Established by CHF in 2011, My Degree Counts promotes post-secondary school readiness and higher education attainment rates through collaborative efforts with educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.


The expansion phase of My Degree Counts will focus on bringing together education and community stakeholders to formulate a citywide plan. The partnership will engage a cross-section of stakeholders in the planning process, including non-profits, employers, school districts, media, universities and community college systems. The plan will consist of citywide initiatives and messaging across partnership networks designed to increase Houston’s educational completion rate as well as effectuate assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


For full information about My Degree Counts, visit


The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. For information about the City’s education initiatives, visit