More Students Can Now Earn College Credit in High School

More Students Can Now Earn College Credit in High School

Students in some smaller West Texas cities will now get a chance to earn college credits while still in high school.
ODESSA, TX, (Local Big 2 News) - Now some students can attend college before they graduate high school, thanks to an over $200,000 dollar grant. It's all part of an expanded early college high school partnership, between the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, and four smaller high schools across West Texas.

"I think it's a great thing because it helps low income students, students of all types of nature do what they want to do," said UTPB student Lindsey Rivas.

Students at UTPB gearing up for the first day of classes Monday and now some high school students will join them online, thanks to grant money from the Meadows Foundation.

"We're in West Texas, where distances are great, communities are small, what we're doing is providing the early college high school experience, to those districts right now." said UTPB President Dr. David Watts.

Presidio, Balmorhea, Marfa, and Rankin high school, along with the Texas State Technical College, all now a part of the program.  It offers those students up to 60 hours of college credits before they graduate high school.

"The target is students who are at risk, it's not targeted for gifted students," described President Watts.

I spoke with current students at UTPB to get their opinion on the new offering and many tell me they wish they had this opportunity in high school.

"It would have made things so much easier, you would have wanted to take the 9 hours or 12 hours that you could have taken," said Ashton Munoz. "Yeah, because we could only take like 1 or 2 because that's all we could afford, when we could have taken way more and been further along in college," said Sidney Freze.

Some high school students may not want to think about college just yet, but Rivas believes it's smart to get a head start.

"It may not be on freshman minds, but when they start becoming a junior or senior, real life just becomes a huge reality," explained Rivas.

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