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K-12 & Undergraduate Engagement supports the commitment of Texas Tech University students, staff and faculty to be civically engaged by fostering a college-achieving culture. This is accomplished through the development, expansion and delivery of a nexus of programs, partnerships and opportunities which serve the community, promote learning and enrich lives.

K-12 Outreach

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Office of Community Engagement (OCE)

  • BTSF
  • Reality Check
  • College 101 Readiness
  • Middle School & High School (6th-12th grade)
  • Scavenger Hunt • Mini-University
  • K-5th grade
  • TTU Spirit Contests
  • Teen of the Month
  • College 101: Educating and Engaging Parents
    • K-12th grade
    • College Nights


  • Super Saturdays
  • Summer Camps
  • Shake Hands with Your Future

Project Future

  • Summer Camps


http://www.avid.org/ (Dr. Fernando Valle – f.valle@ttu.edu)
  • College readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance
  • Parent/Student Night @ TTU
  • Tutoring
  • 6th-10th grade
  • Career Planning/Assessment

Upward Bound Programs

  • College-Prep Classes
  • Tutoring
  • College Tours
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Academic Advising
  • Stipends ($20 per session)
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • Career Counseling
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Summer Camps
  • College Tours
  • Community Service
  • Student Government
  • Summer 1 Session @ TTU Scholarship
    • Tuition/Fees, Room & Board
  • Interactive Learning with Technology
    • iPads, MacBooks, Laptops, etc.
  • AP Exams
  • Career Planning/Assessment
  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions
  • Scholarship/Resume/Essay Workshops

Teen Straight Talk

http://www.teenstraighttalk.com/ (Dr. Elizabeth Trejos – elizabeth.trejos@ttu.edu
  • Free program to motivate adults and their teens and preteens (10-18) to talk about abstinence, teen pressures, sex education and responsible decision making.

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Academic Partnerships

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Center for Active Learning & Undergraduate Engagement


College of Arts & Sciences


Biological Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Communications Studies


  • Judges and coordinators for UIL Ready Writing
  • Organized the literacy awareness Marathon Reading
  • helped coordinate some lifelong learning projects through University College (poetry, chess)
  • held writing and chess workshops, and have hosted tournaments
  • working on a National Writing Project program
  • worked a little with the K-12 Global Outreach program in the ICC (just starting to, really)
  • held ready writing workshops for local high school teachers


Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics


College of Education


College of Engineering


College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR)


College of Human Sciences


Honors College


College of Media and Communication


Rawls College of Business


College of Visual & Performing Arts


Community Partnerships

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  • Talent Search
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Planning/Assessment

Communities in Schools of the South Plains (CIS)


  • Supportive guidance & counseling
  • Tutoring, academic enrichment
  • College preparation, pre-employment training
  • Health, basic needs, fitness and mental health
  • Mentoring and adult advocates
  • Parental involvement, assistance with basic needs

South Plains Closing the Gaps Council


  • Go Centers (High School-College Students)
  • Provided information concerning the college going process
  • Change students’ fundamental beliefs about the appropriateness and benefits of college.

Volunteer Center of Lubbock


  • Youth Connection (6th-12th grade)
    • Provides opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement through volunteerism.
  • Youth in Service (6th-12th grade)
    • Recognize young people for the service they provide to the community and to give them support in connecting to the community. School campuses enroll in the program at the beginning of each school year and agree to designate a sponsoring group or organization on the campus to oversee the program.
  • United Way Youth Division (6th-12th grade)
    • To give high school students the opportunity to learn about community services provided by the Lubbock Area United Way.
  • Youth Advisory Board (6th-12th grade)
    • Provides opportunities for young people to become proficient in the ethics and mechanics of board service.
  • Youth in Philanthropy (6th-12th grade)
    • Opportunity for high school students to learn about philanthropy, charitable foundations, and community agencies.
  • Teen Pacesetters Camp (6th-12th grade)

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