Local high school to offer college courses free of cost to its students

Stacey Spivey
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:49pm

Starting next fall students at Chapel Hill High School will have the opportunity to get college credit free of cost. The Texas Education Agency designates schools throughout the state to start early college programs, and Chapel Hill Assistant Principal Karen Bender is thrilled about this advancement, and said, "we needed this program at chapel hill district...our students fit perfectly into the criteria for early college high school."

The program will give college preparation and courses to students, who might not otherwise, attend college in the future.  High school seniors could leave Chapel Hill with a high school diploma, and an associate's degree.  Chapel Hill ISD chose to partner with Tyler Junior College.  TJC is waiving all tuition from the selected students.

Fifty 8th graders will be selected in the spring, and start this program next fall.  Bender said students are already contacting her about it, and "it just melts your heart the things these kids want to do but don't think they can."  However, she believes this program aims to change that mindset.

TJC also said they are just as excited about the partnership.  Vice President of Student Affair Juan Mejia said, "the magical thing about an early college high school is you're not just reaching out to the best and brightest students, its really looking at what students with a little bit of hard work, motivation, family support, school support can be successful."

For more information about Tyler Junior College, click here, and to find out more about Chapel Hill ISD click here.

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