South Texas College to hold High School Senior and Parent College Day

South Texas College will be hosting its annual High School and Senior Parent College Day on Saturday, May 20.

Students will receive assistance with developing a degree plan, applying for financial aid, and enrolling for summer and fall courses. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for the First Year Connection Orientation. The event will take place at the Pecan Campus Student Services building from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

“Even though some students may have already been enrolled in courses at STC through one of our Dual Credit programs, sometimes the transition from high school to college may not be easy for them and their parents,” said Tony Matamoros, STC Director of Dual Credit. “This event is designed as a one-stop shop for students and their families as they will receive support with career and degree planning, financial aid and registration.”

STC began the event in 2012 as part of an effort to increase college completion rates in Hidalgo and Starr counties. In 2016, institutional research revealed that 48 percent of all high school seniors who participated in the STC Dual Credit Program did not immediately enroll in college right after high school.

“We are finding through institutional and national studies that dual credit students need just as much help transitioning to college as students who do not participate in this program,” Matamoros said. “As we continue working with our local high school partners to increase the number of students going to college, we have found this event to be an effective approach at achieving this aim.”

Anyone seeking more information can contact the Dual2Degree Department at (956)872-8391 or email at outreachDE@southtexascollege.edu

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