MHS pre-calc students earn UT math credit

A total of 20 students enrolled in the University of Texas pre-calculus course at McCollum HS earned three credit-hours in math from UT Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin provides high school students the opportunity to engage in UT coursework and earn UT credit through the OnRamps Pre-Calc course. If needed, the credits can be transferred to any major university in the country in an official UT transcript.

“The purpose of this program is to increase the chances for students of completing college,” OnRamps Pre-Calc teacher Gabriel Renero said.

Students are enrolled simultaneously at the University of Texas and at McCollum, which provides an opportunity for high school students to earn both college and high school credit.

“The program exposes students to rigorous classes that prepare them for college success while building their confidence,” Renero explained.

He added that the students worked extremely hard and passed seven UT exams.

All of their effort resulted in a 95 percent passing rate, while the national average is 80 percent.

The success is in part due to Renero, who is their biggest supporter. He credits the great feat to the students.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” Renero said. “This is the best class I have had in my many years of being a teacher. If I could have more students like this, I would be the closest possible to heaven.”

Congratulations, OnRamps students and Mr. Renero!

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