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Tyler Junior College focuses on technical education

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Lately, all eyes are on the Texas education system. So in order to better prepare students and keep East Texans ahead, Tyler Junior College has a new initiative to jump start technical education. This is called the "Early High School Program".

KETK spoke with Dr. Juan Mejia, the Vice President of Student Affairs at TJC, who said, "The focus is to help under-represented students be successful in graduating, not only from high school, but getting college ready and obtaining college credits, up to the point of receiving an associate degree". By pairing with public high schools like Chapel Hill, TJC allows students to earn an Associates of Science degree while still in high school. There are 250 "Early College High Schools" throughout the United States, with more than 50 in the state of Texas. These are serve close to over 100,000 students throughout the entire country.

This program is widely supported by the Texas House Bill 5, which places an emphasis on helping students graduate through new pathways. Caroline Atkins, the Communications Associate at Luminant Energy, said, "We are providing students here in Texas with an opportunity to potentially find a job in an energy industry workforce".  This prepares students to find specialized jobs in technical fields, further supported through programs like the "Luminant Power Track". Atkins said, "The power track helps fuel the energy industry work force with skilled employees, and accelerates the learning process with the new workers that we really need".  

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