Educational Institutions

Higher Education Servicing Corp in

  • Arlington, TX
  • www.inspirEDoutreach.org

Mission Statement

HESC provides FFELP program administration, loan servicing for federal education loans and private alternative loans, outreach services that promote student enrollment and success at post-secondary institutions of higher education, and to the extent possible support to associations, trusts, foundations and institutions operated for purposes described in sections 170(c)(2) and 501(C)(3) of the Code.

The mission of the HESC Outreach Division (dba inspirED) is: Inspiring students to achieve a higher education by promoting a college-going culture through educational outreach activities, services and community partnerships.

Main Programs

  1. GO Centers
  2. Destination Success
  3. Presentations and Workshops
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

HESC's Outreach Division (dba inspirED) primarily serve areas of Southeast Tarrant County which include Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, and Kennedale, Texas.

ruling year

1999

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Phillip Wambsganss

Keywords

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College-going culture; outreach; higher education

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Also Known As

Inspired

EIN

75-1661098

 Number

6166938614

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Guided by our mission, we have served a larger and more diverse population of students and parents each year in the greater Arlington community via our current college access and success programs. Each year we have expanded into additional high schools to setup GO Centers. Also, our partnership with Arlington ISD has become more solidified via alignment of our Destination Success event and their Parent University. Last year, we served over 6,500 parents and students via our outreach efforts; however, in only half of the 2015-2016 program year, we have already reached 5,822 students and parents.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

GO Centers

Our GO Centers are college and career centers located within high schools and public libraries which focus on creating a college-going culture and promote college awareness and accessibility. The GO Centers are supported by part-time, work-study inspirED college mentors who provide postsecondary planning and process assistance to students and their families. We currently support 8 GO Centers in Southeast Tarrant County including 7 in Arlington and Mansfield high schools and 1 in an Arlington public library. Our mentors are from Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Arlington and Dallas Baptist University.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

48,673

Program 2

Destination Success

Each February, inspirED, in partnership with Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and other sponsors, hosts a free, half-day event for high school students and their families at Sam Houston High School that provides sessions in English and Spanish on preparing for college, understanding college costs and financial aid, college and financial aid application completion assistance, financial literacy presentations, SAT/ACT prep courses, a college fair and much more. By collaborating with dozens of companies, media outlets, civic organizations and the AISD, we are able to reach hundreds of primarily at-risk and underrepresented students and families throughout North Texas with our message of college access and success.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

8,000

Program 3

Presentations and Workshops

We currently offer two main presentations which include: College Prep and FAFSA Prep. Our College Prep presentation is designed to encourage students and families to be college ready and to provide detailed guidance on such things as admissions, testing, scholarships, the financial aid application process, the financial aid award process and much more. Our FAFSA Prep presentation and workshop is focused on helping students and parents understand the financial aid process and assist them with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

4,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission statement is: Inspiring students to achieve a higher education by promoting a college-going culture through educational outreach activities, services and community partnerships.

    I. Create a post secondary education focused culture in the communities we serve
    II. Encourage fiscal responsibility throughout their educational pursuits
    III. Offer college and career guidance and support
    IV. Assist with post-secondary student success including graduation and gainful employment
    V. Participate in community engagement efforts aimed at improving quality of life through the promotion of a college-going culture


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
    We currently offer two main presentations which include: College Prep and FAFSA Prep. Our College Prep presentation is designed to encourage students and families to be college ready and to provide detailed guidance on such things as admissions, testing, scholarships, the financial aid application process, the financial aid award process and much more. Our FAFSA Prep presentation and workshop is focused on helping students and parents understand the financial aid process and assist them with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    GO CENTER PROGRAMS
    Our GO Centers are college and career centers located within high schools and public libraries which focus on creating a college-going culture and promote college awareness and accessibility. The GO Centers are supported by part-time, work-study inspirED college mentors who provide postsecondary planning and process assistance to students and their families.

    DESTINATION SUCCESS
    Each year, inspirED, in partnership with Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and other sponsors, hosts a free, half-day event for high school students and their families that provides sessions in English and Spanish on preparing for college, understanding college costs and financial aid, college and financial aid application completion assistance, financial literacy presentations, SAT/ACT prep courses, a college fair and much more.

    COUNSELOR ENGAGEMENT
    In addition to the aforementioned supplemental support offered to local counselors, inspirED also offers a monthly counselor newsletter, Higher Ed Connection, which provides articles, resources and events related to promoting a college-going culture. Additionally, inspirED has provided various engagement opportunities to promote our programs and motivate the counselors for the year ahead.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS: We have contracted with three individuals with a background in education and experience in conducting trainings/presentations. These individuals will conduct the College and FAFSA Prep presentations to audiences based on availability. One of the contracted parties is bilingual and can present our info in Spanish.

    GO CENTER PROGRAMS: We currently partner with three institutions of higher education to fill our GO Center Mentor need: University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Tarrant County College (TCC), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU). The partnership with DBU is new, but they provide students at no-cost to the program which allows us to stretch our budget. We have also expanded our High School partners every single year since 2013. Each school district signs an MOU allowing us to clarify roles and expectations with each of our high school partners. This year we have hired and trained 17 GO Center Mentors.

    DESTINATION SUCCESS: This effort has been fully funded by sponsorships. This year in our partnership with AISD, we were able to save costs on printing while AISD added transportation and childcare options to attendees. We will continue to partner with AISD's Parent University in hosting this event in the future.

    COUNSELOR ENGAGEMENT: We have established a strong working relationship with the Guidance and Counseling office in each of the districts we serve. Many of our High School partners utilize counselors to serve as the GO Center sponsor.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our outcomes for each of the aforementioned goals are outlined below:
    Goal I.
    Individuals who participate in programs (presentations/Destination Success/college fairs)
    Re-engagement requests for outreach program follow up post initial contact by students/entities
    Individuals impacted by media/social media campaign

    Goal II.
    Individuals who attend financial literacy workshops
    Individuals who increase their knowledge of money management skills
    Educators who participate in continuing education programming

    Goal III.
    Students who initiate the FAFSA process
    Students who initiate the ApplyTexas Application
    Individuals who access the High School/Community GO Centers
    Hits on YourGOCenter.com/HigherEdConnection
    Students who are awarded scholarships / Scholarship dollars awarded to students

    Goal IV.
    Students who matriculate to postsecondary education
    Students who remain enrolled in postsecondary school
    Students who graduate from postsecondary school within six years
    Mentor satisfaction

    Goal V.
    Community meetings/events attended by inspirED staff
    Conferences / trainings attended by inspirED staff
    Committee participation by inspirED staff
    Community partnerships formed
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Last year, we reached over 3,000 students in the GO Centers; over 3,000 students and parents via our presentations; and over 300 students and families at Destination Success. We would like to continue to grow our impact by adding additional mentors and presentations; however, we are limited by our budgetary constraints. So, we are seeking innovative ways to accomplish this goal and continue to serve the needs of our community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

HESC's Outreach Division (dba inspirED) primarily serve areas of Southeast Tarrant County which include Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, and Kennedale, Texas.

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HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICING CORPORATION
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Executive Director

Mr. Phillip Wambsganss

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kenneth Woods

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