MHS students receive UT math credit

MHS students receive UT math credit
Posted on 05/31/2019

A total of 45 students enrolled in the pre-calculus course at McCollum High School have earned three credit-hours in math from The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).

This pre-cal course is part of the OnRamps program from UT Austin, which is designed to prepare high school students for college by offering a series of university-level courses in high school.

“Statistics show that students who successfully complete programs like this one are 50 percent more likely to earn a college degree in four years,” OnRamps Pre-Cal Teacher Gabriel Renero said. “Here at McCollum, we have had a high success rate of our students earning college credit and continuing their educational career after high school.”

This course is in a dual-enrollment system that allows students to simultaneously register for a high school class and a college-level course.

“The program is designed to bolster and accelerate students' success in college by providing university-level work that is academically rigorous, enabling them to develop the necessary skills to excel in their future college work,” Renero added.

If needed, the credits can be transferred to any major university in the country in an official UT transcript.

This year, the OnRamps program expanded at McCollum HS offering students credits in college algebra and physics. Over 100 student enrolled and earned credit hours in these courses. 

“I couldn’t be more proud of my students that completed these courses, that are in fact, the exact courses that are given at the University of Texas in Austin,” Renero said. “I have been teaching high school for 10 years, and teaching these students is the best thing I have ever done. They are a fantastic group of students.”

Congratulations, OnRamps students and Mr. Renero!

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