Earn college degrees before high school diplomas
Students from across the Mid-Valley accomplished what some may find impossible. At 17 and 18 years old, they earned college degrees before high school diplomas. The key ingredient to their accomplishments? Hard work, determination and South Texas College’s Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco.
Fifteen students from the Mid-Valley walked the college’s graduation stage on May 15, earning associate degrees in engineering. The students have already been accepted to universities across the state, including Baylor University, St. Mary’s University and The University of Texas at Austin, just to name a few. Additionally, the students have earned more than $340,000 in scholarships to cover future education costs.
“It’s a great program because you get to meet many new people from other cities and high schools and we’ve become like a family, studying together and helping each other out, which is great,” said Alejandra Arambula, program graduate. “We have a common goal, which helps. We studied and had fun at the same time. And the academy helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Now I plan to become a software engineering.”
Graduates applied for the two-year academy as sophomores and were accepted based on academic achievements and commitment to personal enrichment. They took college courses while still in high school, earning 64 college credit hours by the end of their senior years – enough to earn an associate degree from the college. And, the best part is that participation in the academy is completely free for qualifying students.
The 2010 STC Mid-Valley DEEA graduating class includes Rodrigo Araguz, Valerie Mireles and Roberto Varela of Donna High School; Isaac Prado of Edcouch High School; Armando Lopez of Mercedes High School; Alejandra Arambula, Pedro Carmona, Anthony Garza, Bruce Salas and Jacob Salinas of Weslaco High School; and Alyssa Alvarado, Thomas Diedrich, Hector Perez, Michael Perez and Inez Vela of Weslaco East High School.
For additional information about dual enrollment opportunities at South Texas College contact Lucia Salinas at 956-447-1274 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.