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Dual Enrollment Expands to Brownsville, Donna

Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Dual EnrollmentTexas State Technical College’s Director of Dual Enrollment Clarisa De La Fuente and her team are pretty busy these days.

Excited but busy.

Starting this school year 2013-14, the Dual Enrollment Program is expanding its course offering to off-campus allowing more students to earn college credit while still in high school. TSTC’s Dual Enrollment Program also added two school districts to the mix this year. The Brownsville and Donna ISDs are new partners in the Dual Enrollment Program.

Currently, the only school district to offer off-campus courses is the Harlingen Independent School District at Harlingen High and Harlingen South. All other school districts bus their students to TSTC to take classes during the week.

“We are excited that existing and new school district partnerships are taking advantage of this expansion,” De La Fuente said. “These new opportunities will allow students to matriculate into TSTC Technical Certificates, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Associate of Science Degrees or Academic Core and complete them sooner thus providing them savings in tuition costs.”

De La Fuente said school districts also benefit from this expansion.

“School districts are saving on costs and time of busing students to TSTC campus,” she said. “We look forward with excitement for the 2013-2014 school year.”

Off-campus courses will be taught by teachers already at the high schools that have met the requirements to teach college-level courses.

Last school year 2012-13, the Dual Enrollment Program serviced 1,507 students during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The projected enrollment for only the Fall of 2013 is 900-plus students.

In 2012-13, 20 school districts participated in the dual enrollment program which included 27 high schools and one Early College High School.

For the 2013-14 school year, that number is expected to grow to 22 school districts, 34 high schools and one Early College High School. The Brownsville ISD alone adds six high schools to the picture. The furthest high school participating is Hidalgo High School.

The Lyford and Los Fresnos school districts are current partners but will begin offering off-campus courses in the Fall.

To learn more about Dual Enrollment, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingende.

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