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My Degree Counts is a region wide initiative led by the Center for Houston’s Future and endorsed by Mayor Annise Parker, chancellors of nine regional community colleges, local university presidents, nonprofit directors, and business leaders.

The goal is to raise college graduation rates in the Greater Houston region by at least 1% by summer of 2013.
Your Degree Counts!! Go for it!!  

We publicly launched this campaign at a press conference on April 2, 2012 together with Mayor Parker, our spokespersons, Houston Texan Fullback James Casey and local rapper, Baby Jay, and our partners from various universities, community colleges, ISDs and nonprofits. For James Casey's and Baby Jay's bios, see link column on the right. Watch Baby Jay and James in action.  Check out our press conference photos! Watch some of the news coverage.

Listen to or download our Radio PSAs:

Baby Jay PSA I      My Degree Counts English PSA
Baby Jay PSA II     My Degree Counts Spanish PSA

Act Now - Local colleges and universities are ready to take your call!

What is YOUR obstacle to starting or going back to college?

  • MONEY? There’s help out there – government and private loans, grants, scholarships. Federal Student Aid | Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Scholarships, etc. | CHCI Education Resources

  • FAMILY/KIDS? They should be what drives you, not holds you back! They’ll thank you and be proud of you. Do it for them and for yourself! Better Educated Parents' Advantage | HCC Childcare | Lone Star College Sytem Childcare | YMCA

  • MATH? Yeah, Math can be hard, but there’s help – Math Labs at colleges, tutoring, online help. Khan Academy | Virtual Math Lab | Math Videos

  • FEAR? AGE? A DISABILITY? You can do it. There are many like you who are already doing it! Scroll down to see testimonials of others like you who are finding that it's possible.

  • LACK OF TIME? Finding the time to go back to school is one of the greatest challenges for working adults, but the effort to get your degree will be worth it!!!
    Time Management Skills | Mind Tools

  • LEGAL STATUS? If you live in Texas, you may still be eligible for in-state college tuition.
    Guia para la TASFA/TASFA Guide | Student Voice- Dream Big | MALDEF Scholarship Resources| Recursos Educativos | Es el Momento - Educate | CHCI National Scholarship Directory for Latino Students

  • ARE YOU A VETERAN OR RELATED TO ONE? You may receive an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges or universities.
    Hazlewood Act Exemption | Post-9/11 GI Bill | Montgomery G.I Bill

    See how others like you are making it in college...

    Did you know?

    According to a report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the share of postsecondary jobs (needing an Associate, Bachelor's degree or higher) will increase from 59% to 63% over the next decade. Don’t get left behind!!

  • You are less likely to be unemployed if you have a degree. While just 4.3% of Americans with four-year degrees are unemployed, 15% of those without a high school diploma currently do not have a job. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2011)

  • The likelihood that children go to college increases if at least one parent has gone to college. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2001)

  • You will make about 84% more over your lifetime with a Bachelor's degree than with only a high school degree (2007-2009 American Community Survey.) Employers increasingly use diplomas and degrees as a way to screen applicants. And once you’ve landed the job you want, your salary will reflect your credentials.

    See how others like you are making it in college...






    Your Degree Counts!! Enroll in Dual Credit classes in high school, get that Associate, Bachelor’s or go for that Master’s degree, and you’ll be changing your future forever!


    Better late than never!!! Act today!

    These local colleges and universities are ready to help you!

    Alvin Community College - or call 281-756-3527.
    Brazosport College (Lake Jackson) - or call 979-230-3020
    College of the Mainland (Texas City)- or call 409-933-8663.
    DeVry University - call 713-973-3010.
    Galveston College - call 409-944-1221.
    Houston Baptist University, or call 281-649-3299.
    Houston Community College, or call 713-718-8883.
    Lee College (Baytown) - call 281-425-6396.
    Lone Star College System, or call 281-362-7827.
    Prairie View A&M University - or call 936-261-1056
    Rice University
    San Jacinto College or call 281-998-6150.
    Texas Southern University Texas Woman's University or call 940-898-3405
    University of Houston, or call 832-842-9041.
    University of Houston-Downtown or call 713-221-8522.
    University of Houston - Clear Lake or call 281-283-2637.
    University of Houston - Victoria - call 361-570-4310.
    University of St. Thomas - or call 713-525-3500.
    Wharton County Junior College or - call 979-532-6303.


    Apply to several colleges and universities through one form.

    Finish @ UT
    Texas Woman's University
    University of Houston Downtown

    Special thanks to Houston Public Media, Lone Star College - North Harris, San Jacinto College, and University of Houston Downtown, for their assistance in the shooting and production of our student interviews.

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