Encouraging high school students to further their academic or technical education is a vital part of the mission for Midland College's Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Fort Stockton.
To support the students and their families, the college hosts an annual Scholars Dollars scholarship fundraiser to assist student with costs associated with going to school.
The fundraiser drive, which kicks off Thursday, April 25, runs through the end of July.
At the kick-off event, last year's donors will have an opportunity to meet some of the students they helped with their donations.
Last year, $111,000 was raised, with $71,000 in scholarships awarded to 271 students.
WRTTC was also able to offer courses starting last year to students at Buena Vista High School in Imperial.
“The purpose is to help these kids financially so they can get college credit,” said Matt Tarpley, director at the WRTTC. “The thing is, we don't offer anything that doesn't also help them graduate high school.”
Some of the academic classes include history and math.
For the technical portion, students may take a three-year business system class where they may earn an administrative clerk certificate, or a two-year energy technician program that results in a certificate to assist in their career fields.
Many of the students rely on the Scholar Dollars in order to continue participating in the program.
For questions about the college or information on donating visit www.midland.edu/wrttc or call (432)-336-7882.