KXXV interviews Pereira on post-secondary issues

Updated: Nov 24

Cierra Shipley of KXXV-25 interviews Hermann Pereira about the importance of post-secondary education and training for future workforce success. See the report here.



"It's hard for many students to face the question 'What's next' after graduation," the story says. Some students don't have the same access to college and jobs which can ultimately lead to struggles in the future.


"Hermann Pereira, Chief Program Officer at Prosper Waco says you could blame the pandemic for the recent trends but there are many more factors that go into it.


"'The amount of access, not every student in our community has access to college and career services,' Pereira said.


"Focusing on getting students to the next step is something Prosper Waco is trying to fix. In McLennan County, there are 93.8% are white with a high school degree, 87.6% are Black and 67.2% are Hispanic. ...

"Prosper Waco has started a new program called UpSkill Waco to help with that barrier and finding jobs for those by giving them career coaching and training them in certain skills they may need for a possible long-term job.


"It's important to focus and give opportunities to everyone because as we see Waco's economy is growing but we need community development as well to help economic growth.


"'When we focus on that, then we ensure that all Wacoan's are prospering not just a certain segment and that's what we're doing day in and day out at Prosper Waco,' Pereira said."


For the full story click on the link above. We thank KXXV and Cierra for this great coverage.