We help working adults return to school, finish their degree or certificate, and unlock opportunity for the future of our region.
An issue of economic and educational inequality was highlighted in a 2015 report from SA2020, which identified 285,000 adults in Bexar County with some college credit, but no degree. The Graduate! Network, a national network connecting adults to degrees and certificates, was recognized as an evidence-based practice and model for supporting adult learners. There are over 30 communities in The Graduate! Network.
The Trellis Foundation, formerly known as TG, provided funding for a consultant to begin creating the foundation and partnerships for Upgrade. Partnerships were created with higher education partners as well as with local elected officials, businesses, and community-based organizations. Upgrade is the first Graduate! Network affiliate in Texas. Upgrade is also the fourth program powered by the San Antonio Education Partnership. Upgrade was officially launched in April of 2017 and is housed in cafécollege.
Why It Matters
By 2020 65% of all jobs will require a college education. 33% of adults 25 and older in San Antonio have an associates degree or higher. This represents both an economic development challenge and an opportunity for our community.
How We Do It
We coach working adults as they evaluate options and identify educational opportunities, match their goals with a post-secondary learning program and return to school. Upgrade’s services are free and our advisor not only helps you get back into school, but we will also be available to support you throughout your education.
Every one of our advisors are devoted to delivering the best guidance and assistance to students