PAC partners with Harlandale ISD for new early college high school
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and Palo Alto College President Dr. Mike Flores joined Harlandale Independent School District for the official groundbreaking of the Harlandale ISD STEM Early College High School, a partnership with Palo Alto College. Other distinguished guests include Dr. Maria Ferrier, president of Texas A&M University – San Antonio; Rebecca Viagran, City Councilwoman for District 3; and Sen. Carlos Uresti, District 19.
The STEM Early College High School, scheduled to open in Fall 2014, will be the first in San Antonio to offer science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and college courses to students enrolled in high school. Approximately 130 students will be accepted in the inaugural freshman class. Students will have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or up to two years worth of college credits toward a bachelor’s degree, while also earning their high school diploma.
The Harlandale ISD STEM Early College High School is the first early college high school partnership for Palo Alto College and the fourth partnership for the Alamo Colleges. Other high school partnerships include Travis Early College High School with San Antonio College; Judson Early College Academy with Northeast Lakeview College; and Memorial Early College High School with St. Philip’s College. In 2013, 82% of Alamo Colleges’ early college high school graduates attained an associates degree, certificate, or two years of college credits toward a bachelors degree – over three times higher than the national average of 23%.
For more information about the Alamo Colleges high school partnerships, visit alamo.edu/echs