5th Annual Convening
From Foster Care to College Conference -- May 30, 2014
Austin Community College, Highland Campus
6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
Education Reach for Texans (formerly Texas Reach) and Austin Community College (ACC) present the 5th Annual Education Reach for Texans Convening. This year's convening will be held at the ACC-Highland Campus in Austin, the former Highland Mall. Join your colleagues from colleges, universities, and foster care advocate services to learn about eliminating barriers to success. CEUs will be offered to those interested. In addition to highlighting the post-secondary education journey of youth in foster care, you will receive updates on resources and have opportunities for networking with professionals from across the state. We will present a four-track agenda with the following focus areas:
- Foster Care Alumni Students
- Foster Parents/Agencies
- New Colleges/Programs
- Existing Programs
All room blocks have expired. If you still require lodging, please consider the following hotels near our convening venue.
Embassy Suites Austin - Central
5901 IH-35 North
Austin, TX 78723
(800) 729-5711 or (512) 519-0464
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 IH-35 North
Austin, TX 78752
Airport & Parking Information
The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Visit the Texas Reach website for additional information about airport transportation and parking at the convening venue.
Convening Program Outline
A draft of our complete agenda is available for review. The presenters have been confirmed, though there may still be a few changes. The following outline hightlights the days' events.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Registration: (8:00 - 10:00am)
Continental Breakfast (provided): (8:00 - 9:00am)
Opening & Welcome: (9:00 - 9:25am)
Keynote: (9:25 - 10:00am)
Why We are Here & Foster Alumni Feedback: (10:00 - 11:30am)
General Session: (11:30am - 12:30pm)
Lunch (provided): (12:30 - 1:30pm)
Breakout Sessions: (1:45 - 4:15pm)
Alumni Journey: (4:30 - 5:15pm)
Wrap-up: (5:15 - 5:30pm)
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can send an email to us using the link in the "Organizer" box to the right next to these Event Details. If you prefer, you can also call us at 214-99-REACH (214-997-3224). Address mail to: Education Reach for Texans, PO Box 601284, Dallas, TX 75360-1284.
Can I pay for my registration with a check?
While we prefer credit cards for both ease and security, we understand that some registrants or their organizations may have to pay for registration by check. See our How to Pay By Check page for complete instructions on how to do so before proceeding with your registration below. Sorry, but we cannot accept purchase orders for registrations.
Will you offer CEU or contact hour certificates?
Yes, we will have 5-hours of training sessions which equates to 0.5 CEU or 5 contact hours for MFT or LPC. Texas Woman's University has graciously offered to manage the process for providing a CEU, MFT, and LPC contact hour certificate to convening attendees. There will be no additional cost for the certificates.
When does registration end?
Online registration ends on May 23, 2014.
Is my registration/ticket refundable?
No. In order to keep the cost of attendance to a minimum, we cannot offer refunds on registrations already purchased. However, you can transfer your registration to another individual. See next item.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please contact us so that we can update the registration information to ensure we know who is coming and have a convening badge printed with the correct name.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please do. This will make the check-in process easier.
When & Where
Education Reach for Texans
Education Reach for Texans (formerly Texas Reach) is the nonprofit corporation responsible for producing this event. We began in 2009 as a coalition of loosely organized preparation for adult living, aftercare, and postsecondary professionals. We work to improve higher education access and attainment for former foster youth in Texas. We are your colleagues and your peers from agencies and postsecondary institutions across the state.