On Saturday, Sept. 8, Panola College hosted 40 students and three directors from the band program at KIPP Generations Collegiate High School in Houston.
Dwaine Hubbard, director of bands at Panola, talked to the students about the opportunities available through the band and choir programs. Reanna Hart, Panola College Student Success recruiter, explained the application process and guided the students on a tour of the campus.
“The students were very impressed by the beauty and quality of the facilities here at Panola,” Hubbard said. “Many of the students are planning to major in health sciences and petroleum technology so those buildings were of special interest.”
Panola College students assisting with the tour and visit included Dakota Brown, Marshall sophomore; Andres Leon, Center sophomore; Jose Torres, Center freshman; and Eder Nunez, Center freshman.
Hubbard and KIPP band director Eric Sanford met at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in February and made preliminary plans for the visit.
“I want to send a big ‘thank you’ to Eric. He is a former student of mine from Hallsville. We hope to see these students next year on the campus at Panola College,” Hubbard said.
KIPP Generations Collegiate High School, founded in 2011, serves almost 600 college-bound Houston-area high school students. The student body is 92 percent Hispanic and 8 percent African-American. The school’s rigorous college-preparatory curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, and critical thinking. The school requires students to complete at least 400 hours of service learning activities as part of its focus on citizenship.
KIPP Collegiate High School students toured Panola College on September 8.