ETX students could soon get two years of college credit for free
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A new high school program meant to prepare students for
college could be coming to some East Texas schools.
The program is called The Early College High School
On Thursday night, members of the community, including
school officials from TISD and Chapel Hill ISD, heard a presentation on the
whole idea is to change the mentality of the students and the institutions that
all students can learn, all children can learn," says Nick Gonzalez, one of the
creators of The Early College High School Initiative.
school model allows high school students to graduate with up to two years of
college credit towards a bachelor's degree for free.
are calling the initiative "The South Texas Miracle".
really is a miracle how they've transformed the area and I'd like to see some
of that magic happen in Tyler," says Mike Metke, President of Tyler Junior
school officials say the model might be perfect for East Texas students.
really looking hard to find a way to fund this in collaboration with TJC, and
how we can come together as a community and make this possible," says TISD
Superintendent Gary Mooring.
every high school student in the district would participate in the initiative.
Early College High Schools mainly target students at risk of not going to
is really to focus in on those students that are first time college goers and
build a culture of students that see college as a viable plan to go in the
future," Mooring says.
say the program not only impacts the lives of students, it also impacts the community.
we get students in the pipeline that they're going to go to college with high
aspirations, you pay once and then hopefully you get a return on the investment
by people that are contributing back to the community," says Juan Mejia, one of
the creators of The Early College High School Initiative.
Mejia says the initiative is free to students because they
are taking the college courses at their designated high school and not at a
says Tyler Junior College is ready to take the necessary steps to partner with
local schools to create more Early College High Schools, "This would be another
level of commitment where we would work with a high school that would really be
owned by the area high school, but we would offer college level credit at that
The Early College High School Initiative was started 14
years ago in South Texas. Organizers have re-designed more than 200 schools in
28 different states across the U.S.