October 2015

Every other year, the lieutenant governor instructs each of the Senate committees to make recommendations about important issues, also known as interim charges, before the start of the next legislative session. This week, we were encouraged to see Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s focus on student debt as part of his

Ryan Egesdahl’s story is a familiar one. He spent years on an educational rollercoaster, trying out different schools, different majors, but he still didn’t end up where he wanted to be. He did end up with a mountain of student debt. Ryan describes himself as a “poster-child for crushing student

Georjean Burnell was only 15 years old when she made up her mind that she would become a nurse. At that time, she was working as a volunteer in a local hospital. A few years later, when she was a senior in high school, Georjean landed a job as a

LuTonya Ray loves learning and always wanted to attend college. As an enterprising young woman, LuTonya secured a student loan on her own and enrolled at a state university in Ohio. She was proud to be the first in her family to go to college. But the journey ended abruptly

Education has been a 20-year journey for Tracy Tanwar. Two decades after she earned her bachelor’s degree and after spending a decade in the corporate world, Tracy decided to follow her calling and become a teacher. She started out as a kindergarten teacher and eventually became an Assistant Principal. After

The WGU Texas Class of 2015 will make history during the fourth annual commencement ceremony, this Saturday in Austin. This will be the largest graduating class to date with 1,100 Texans from across the state earning their degrees. Nearly 40 percent of the 2015 WGU Texas graduates are first-generation college

Janelle Shepard, of Weatherford, was like many hard-working Texans with a full-time job and dreams of pursuing more education. She loved her job in healthcare management and needed additional training to take her career to the next level. A colleague in her field described the flexibility of an online education

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