Funding for the program will continue through the Texas Workforce Commission, which spent $1.5 million in federal grants to the additional six schools.
As a UT/Austin Community College student, Rafols has also used his military background and experience to become the lone student to serve on Austin’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission, made up of diverse community members, is responsible for splitting the city up into voting districts for the November 2014 city council elections.
The citizens of Austin by majority voted for the amendment to the Austin City Charter on the ballot of the last election to create a commission to create 10 fair single member districts rather than the city council.
“Instead of letting city council and the politicians decide (the districts), the citizens voted to create the Independent Redistricting Commission,” Rafols said.
Rafols was chosen to represent students as well as veterans, for the 10-year appointment, and was sworn in in June to the 14-member commission.