On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Lone Star College-North Harris and Spring ISD took part in a signing ceremony to celebrate the relocation of Spring Early College Academy (SECA) to the LSC-North Harris campus, starting in the 2019-20 school year.
The new SECA location is an added benefit to students. They will have the opportunity to get the full college experience with the chance to graduate with an associate degree while earning a high school diploma. Last spring, SECA was ranked among the top 10 high schools in the area according to Children at Risk, coming in number seven in the region and number 33 in the state.
SECA Junior Zoila Martinez highlighted the commitment to academic excellence and achievement instilled into her and her fellow classmates. “Being a student at Spring Early College has been an experience like no other,” she said. “At this school I have been unleashed into independently seeking my aspirations for the future and working hard towards them each and every day.”
Lone Star College-North Harris President Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles noted the increased academic opportunities now available to SECA students. “This is only going to be better for our students and our community,” he said. “We are excited to offer more collegiate and career options that students can take advantage of while on campus.”
“This partnership is as strong as ever,” said Dr. Rodney E. Watson, Spring ISD superintendent of schools. “We all have an opportunity to participate in another milestone in Spring ISD which will leave a lasting legacy for students much like the ones here today to continue to follow.”
Referring to Napoles and Watson working together on the project, Lone Star College System Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Alton Smith said, “I love people that stand up; and these two men are standing up.” He echoed that sentiment in addressing everyone attending the signing ceremony. “I encourage you all to stand up for education.”
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.