POSTED: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 9:18am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "We knew that starting them early, starting them now, this would help," said early college high school specialist Dina Chavez.
High school is a time for students to explore their interests and start thinking about college.
And fortunately for students enrolled in the Brownsville Independent School District, they may be able to get a head start on their peers in other parts of the state or country through an early college high school designation program.
"It enables us to be able to offer college courses, from the beginning, from ninth grade," said Chavez. "It's nothing different than we're doing right now. Right now we're offering courses to the eleventh and twelfth grade, but this will allow us to offer courses from ninth and tenth grade, too."
The program will also give students the opportunity to see what sparks their interests:
"We're gonna let them explore of course. They're career aptitude readiness test that they're gonna be taking so they can explore the different careers out there and make their choices."
If the district is chosen for early college designation, Texas Southmost College will partner with BISD to award some students with Associate's degrees.
"Some students" meaning those who have acquired 42 credits through these early high school designation classes.
"They could come up with an associate's degree by the time they graduate, or a certificate," said Chavez. "These courses will be transferrable anywhere in Texas."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.