A school district in Texas is using the Advancement Via Individual Determination program to take average students and put them on the path to getting a college degree. AVID, as the program is known, places an emphasis on enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and studying for college-entrance exams and helps guide students through college applications. "It not only taught me how to prepare myself for college," said Guadalupe Maldonado, a 2012 high-school graduate who enrolled in the program. "It taught me how to prepare myself for life. It helped me become more confident."

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