Through the generous time and support of our community, Citizens for Educational Excellence is able to offer several programs that benefit students, educators, business leaders and community members.  These programs help advance our mission to strengthen educational opportunities and build a stronger workforce. Learn more about some of our programs below:

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Located at Corpus Christi’s La Palmera Mall, Coastal Compass serves the public by providing information about education and career programs, certifications and job placement services.  Partnering organizations help support the Center and include City of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi ISD, Corpus Christi Literacy Council, Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend, Del Mar College,  Education Service Center Region 2, Education to Employment Partners, Goodwill Industries of South Texas, Saint Leo University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, University of the Incarnate Word, and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend.  Advisors assist clients with information and resources ranging from adult literacy to higher education—all completely free of charge. Coastal Compass offers “Direction for Success” to students, adults, the unemployed, the underemployed, veterans, and those seeking to improve their quality of life.  Coastal Compass is open from Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more info, please visit

Coastal Compass Mobile Center

In 2015, CEE was the recipient of a Charity League of Corpus Christi grant in the amount of $250,000, which provided for the purchase of the Coastal Compass Mobile Center.  The Mobile Center provides the same services as the La Palmera mall location at various locations in the community and rural areas of the Coastal Bend region.  Our Coastal Compass Mobile Center was dedicated in 2017, has a 35’ footprint, and is used to provide onsite educational and career assistance at health fairs, sporting events, and outreach in rural areas. We are eager to attend your event to help our community members improve their lives and take control of their futures!

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Recapture Your Dream

Recapture Your Dream is an program that provides direct service assistance to help individuals that were once enrolled in a college or workforce program but have stopped out.

  • Personalized Career & Educational Advising
  • Fast Track to High Paying Jobs in High Demand Career Fields
  • Assistance with Overcoming Financial Obstacles

The Recapture Your Dream Pathway Navigators (coaches) will work with individuals to re-enroll in college or career workforce programs and overcome barriers that caused the student to stop-out in the first place.

Our team of Pathway Navigators are staff of Del Mar College and Coastal Compass Education & Career Resource Center and can help individuals re-enroll at any college or workforce program in the Coastal Bend including Coastal Bend College, Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend, Del Mar College, Saint Leo University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of the Incarnate Word, and other programs and institutions.

Recapture Your Dream flyer (PDF)

For more information call 361-906-0703 or text RECAPTURE to (361) 256-7303

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Education to Employment Partners

Citizens for Educational Excellence (CEE) leads and serves as the fiscal agent for the regional P-16 council, Education to Employment Partners (E2E).  This partnership serves 11 counties, 42 school districts and several postsecondary institutions in the Coastal Bend.  E2E focuses on creating a continuum of education from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education and careers.  E2E is supported through membership dues, donations, sponsorships, service fees, and grants. For more information about Education to Employment Partners (E2E), please visit

  • Ready for College and Career Conference 
  • Discover Your Direction:  Exploring Endorsement Conference
  • Education to Employment Conference for Counselors  & Educators
  • Leadership Luncheons
  • AVATAR (Academic Vertical Alliance Training and Renewal)/College Preparatory Courses
  • E2E Scholarship Program
  • Emerging Professionals High School Internship Program – With the Emerging Professionals Internship Program (EPIP), local businesses invest in our future workforce by providing students paid internships and key experience for in-demand professional careers.

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Education/Career Pathways are a development strategy used to support seamless transitions from education into the workforce.  Through generous funding from the Trellis Foundation, CEE worked with Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend to develop the pathway posters.  This strategy has been adopted locally in order to increase education, training and learning opportunities for our current and emerging workforce.

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