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STC Dual Credit Programs first college in state to get prestigious accreditation

WHAT: South Texas College will host its official National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Ceremony to celebrate recent accreditation of its Dual Credit Programs.

WHEN: Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: STC Pecan Campus Student Union ballroom Building “U” second floor.

WHO: Board members and superintendents from local partnering school districts are slated to be in attendance along with leadership from STC Dual Credit Programs.

WHY: NACEP is the sole national accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, and represents best practices of educational partnerships as well as a guarantee that an institution has met rigorous national standards.

STC successfully attained accreditation by following a rigorous two-year process that ensures its Dual Credit Programs will become a model for dual credit across the nation.

The Dual Credit Programs at South Texas College collaborates with 21 school districts and 70 high school partners across Hidalgo and Starr Counties.

Since the inception of its Dual Credit Programs, South Texas College has served over 118,000 dual credit students, has awarded over 13,000 certificates and/or associate degrees, and has saved dual credit students and families over $280 million dollars in tuition and fees.

“We were one of two Higher Education Institutions in Texas that made it to the final round of the application process. At the conclusion of a year-long process, we were granted the NACEP accreditation by the Accreditation Board – naming us the first in the state to receive this accreditation,” said Dr. Rebecca De Leon, Dean of Dual Credit Programs and School District Partnerships at STC.