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Preparing for a Bright Future

As Published in Tiempo

By Duke Machado

11-3-11

Waco is situated in an area called the “Central Texas Triangle,” which runs from DFW to San Antonio, from San Antonio to Houston, then back up I-45 to DFW.  This area is predicted to grow by nearly 10 Million people by 2030, and 4 out of 5 Texans will live there.   We are about to witness an incredible transformation.

Because of our friendly business environment and low tax structure, new businesses are moving to Texas to build their future.  These businesses will need to hire locally, which will create new jobs, and get people back to work.  But who will get these jobs?  What kind of jobs will they be?

How are we preparing our children for this coming industrial boom?  The new homes, infrastructure, industry and technology are all coming…no one will deny that.  What role will Hispanics play in Texas’ economic future?

According to the Texas Comptroller’s website, FASTexas.org, only 25% of students at University High have the basic knowledge to attend college…they’re simply not prepared for college.  I’ve spoken with people at MCC and they say many students get started but drop out because they just can’t keep up with the rest of the class.

Whether it’s college or technical school, the fact is, we need to do a better job of preparing our kids for a bright future, not one that spirals out of control.  The tidal wave is coming…do we want to be on the crest of the wave?  Or do we want to be at the bottom, overwhelmed by the surge?

Our youth need to understand they have the power to achieve and have no boundaries.  They are the future of Texas.  We, as parents should be helping them get to the next level, but instead, many parents aren’t doing their job.  Hispanic kids are dropping out of school at alarming rates.  More and more are unprepared for college, and unable to get through the maze.  Many parents need help.

The Hispanic community is one that will advance itself through the advancement of its children.  We must take responsibility for them, and do everything in our power to guide them in the right direction.

Contrary to what many people have been told, the Republican Party believes Hispanics have a bright future in Texas.  We must pull ourselves up and help each other.  For this reason, an education initiative to provide a bridge between families and education opportunities has been launched.

We call it Stepping Stones… and you can take your first step by visiting our website GOPisForMe.com and scheduling an appointment with one of our Home Meeting counselors.  If we are to play a role in how Texas’ future is defined, we need to start now…we need to define ourselves.

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