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The U.S. Army Partners with Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to Host High School Counselors Seminar

September 13, 2013

The U.S. Army and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conducted the first-ever High School Counselors Seminar on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Brooks City Base campus of Texas A&M—San Antonio.

To an audience of nearly 40 high school counselors from San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Tony Castillo, Chief, Education Division at U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) Headquarters,

was proud to showcase the more than 40 free educational programs the Army offers, including March2Success, an online tool that prepares high school students for standardized tests, as well as ArmyEdSpace, the Army’s online resource that provides a robust directory of Army educational programs.

Approximately 40 San Antonio-area high school counselors gathered at the Brooks City Base campus of Texas A&M University—San Antonio to learn about the options and opportunities, as well as free educational resources and programs, available through Army service.

In addition, counselors heard from Col. James Dodson, Commander of the 5th Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC), and Maj. Melva Rivera, Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) ROTC program, about the ROTC program, the thousands of scholarships awarded each school year, and the more than 150 career opportunities – including numerous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways – that Army service can provide.

Col. James Dodson, Commander of the 5th ROTC Brigade, USACC, provides information on the ROTC program.

Maj. Melva Rivera, ROO for the ROTC program at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), discusses options and opportunities through Army service with Roland Cadena and Blaine Martin of Devine High School.

Counselors also learned about the enrollment requirements for the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1st Lt. Kimberly Mallard-Brown.

At the interactive display tables, counselors were able to engage with representatives from St. Mary’s University ROTC, UTSA ROTC, the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion and West Point.

Sgt. 1st Class Abelardo Gallegos, USAREC, shares information with an attendee about the 150 career opportunities that Army service can provide.

At the event, counselors were provided with a wealth of knowledge to share with the students at their campuses. Key relationships were deepened between the counselors and the local commands, and counselors left the seminar with a greater understanding of the importance of their roles as liaisons and influencers. In fact, 11 appointments were made onsite with counselors, indicating their interest in more information as a direct result of the event.

The Army and HACU partnered with Education Service Center—Region 20 to provide free continuing education units (CEUs) for participation in the seminar.