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TEACH Denton Honored by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

TEACH Denton has been named one of the five finalists by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2018 Star Awards and the winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 30 during the 2018 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference in Austin.


The program provides a career path for district students to become Denton ISD teachers through a system of early identification, mentorship and training. District leaders identify students in grades K-12, who exhibit natural teaching trait and talents; then mentor them to a CTE based program where they begin pre-education training classes in high school.


“We feel like teaching is talent that can be discovered at a young age, and when cultivated it can lead students to finding their passion,” said Dr. Richard Valenta, deputy superintendent. “Who better to reflect the values of our community and pass them on to future generations, than the student we educate today.”


The THECB honors programs for the exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the Texas higher education plan, 60x30TX.


The Coordinating Board received 36 nominations and 26 applications for this year’s Star Award program.


Other finalists include:

  • Alamo Colleges: Palo Alto College – Project Access
  • Houston Community College – HCC’s Weekend College: A Template for Degree Completion for Working Adults
  • Texas A&M International University – Service-Learning at Home and Abroad
  • The University of Texas at Tyler – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Program (BAAS)


The Star Award program recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of 60x30TX:

  • Increasing the postsecondary educational attainment level of the state’s 25- to 34-year-old population (The Educated Population Goal).
  • Increasing the number of students completing a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas (Completion Goal).
  • Increasing the number of programs with identified marketable skills at Texas public institutions of higher education (Marketable Skills Goal).
  • Implementing programs or cost efficiencies that help to ensure that undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60 percent of first-year wages (Student Debt Goal).


The annual leadership conference brings together regents, trustees, chancellors, presidents, and other higher education leaders to discuss critical higher education issues such as the 60x30TX strategic plan. Interaction among higher education stakeholders will be a key part of the conference. The orientation/conference sessions on Nov. 29 will satisfy the training requirement for newly appointed regents and elected trustees (Texas Education Code, Section 61.084).