Office of Special Programs


The Office of Special Programs administers pre-college programs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) such as Texas Pre-Freshmen Engineering Program (TexPREP), Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) in order to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in post-secondary education, especially in the STEM fields, through academic preparation.

The Office of Special Programs also serves to facilitate early intervention and outreach programs at middle and high schools through Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) "Creating a Vision," that seeks to increase the number of low income and minority students graduating and entering post-secondary studies through direct services, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, summer coursework, and parental involvement activities.

The College Assistance for Migrants Program (CAMP) and High School Equivalency (HEP) focus on migrant students graduating from high school and entering post-secondary education and migrant students who have not completed their high school requirements, respectively.

The AmeriCorps Program serves as a support system for TexPREP, MSEIP, UBMS, GEAR UP III, GEAR UP IV, CAMP, and HEP by providing AmeriCorps volunteers as tutors, mentors, community service providers, community advocates, and parent liaison.



5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100