The Texas Education Agency announced that Early College High School (ECHS) Demonstration Site grants have been awarded to 13 campuses across Texas including three Lone Star College partners.
The TEA in conjunction with Education Service Center Region 13, recognized these high-performing schools for implementing defined best practices.
Victory Early College High School, Aldine ISD; Quest Early High School, Humble ISD; and Early College Academy at Southridge, Spring ISD were three local area schools named by TEA.
“Lone Star College is proud to partner with all three of these schools,” said Dr. Stephen C. Head, LSC chancellor. “Dual credit is a critical part of our goal to help students further their education.”
Other ISDs recognized by TEA include Bryan ISD, Comal ISD, Corpus Christi ISD, Dallas ISD, Pasadena ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Roscoe Collegiate ISD, Taylor ISD and Ysleta ISD.
“Lone Star College welcomed more than 11,000 dual credit students in fall 2015 and currently have agreements with 48 ISDs and private schools,” said Head. “Students who demonstrate college readiness on a placement exam can earn college and high school credits simultaneously by attending classes at their high school or through a Lone Star College campus which gets them ahead quicker and saves them money.”
Lone Star College dual credit students receive a 100 percent tuition waiver; fees and textbooks are the only expenses. You can learn more by visiting LoneStar.edu/DualCredit.
The ECHS Demonstration Site Grant provides financial and technical support and provides mentoring, technical assistance, webinars and open house opportunities to new and prospective ECHS school leaders. The selected ECHS demonstration sites will also share best practices content through the ECHS website and regional and statewide conferences.
“Lone Star College is also working with the Texas Lt. Governor’s office to develop Pathways in Technology Early College High School programs,” said Head.
The P-TECH school model will integrate high school, college and workplace learning. Within a six-year time frame, P-TECH students earn their high school diploma and an industry-recognized , two-year post-secondary degree, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies in a four year higher education institution or move seamlessly into a well-paying job in a growing STEM industry.
Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.