HHS sophomores to begin dual credit program

HHS Sophomores to begin dual credit program

A total of 20 sophomores from Harlandale High School were accepted into the Alamo Academies dual credit program on April 18.

Each student received their letter of acceptance into one of the five academies: Aerospace, Information Technology and Security, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing, Health Professions, and Heavy Equipment.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the students will be bused to the Alamo Colleges campus daily to complete a technical college program of studies, as part of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. During the two year program, students will earn 30+ college credits at no personal cost, allowing them to receive both a college degree and high school diploma.

“What’s different about our college dual credit program is that between the summer of their junior and senior year, the students will also get a paid internship at a major corporation like Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, H-E-B and CPS Energy,” Alamo Academies Coordinator Terry Young said. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids.”

In order to be accepted, the students had to score high in the TSI Exam and complete all dual credit requirements, including good grades and attendance.

Senior Maria Luisa Madrigal Orozco joined the program two years ago and feels fortunate to have been able to get a head start in her higher education.

“It’s been phenomenal, I love every second of it,” she said. “Even though, I don’t get much sleep and don’t get to enjoy many of the things my classmates get to do, I wouldn’t trade it for the world because it has taught me so much, and it’s given me the confidence to actually assert myself in the classroom, as well as my drive and dedication in my education.”

Way to go, students!

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