On Thursday, May 11, Houston Community College (HCC) held commencement ceremonies for the class of 2023. Graduating students walked the stage at NRG Arena to flip their tassels and receive their well-earned associate degrees or trade certifications to the cheers of proud friends and family.
There were a few HCC graduates whose educational journey differed from their matriculating peers. These graduates are students at HISD’s Early College High School (ECHS) campuses who were able to earn their degrees and certifications before their high school diplomas.
Houston Community College’s Work-Based Learning and Industry Partnerships Department welcomed students from five HISD high schools for a summit on professional apprenticeship. Students from Furr High School, Kashmere High School, Sterling High School, North Forest High School, and Sam Houston High School enjoyed an informative school day-long information session.
Houston Community College System last week announced that due to nationwide
school closures, high school students will have access to dual-credit courses
Monday, March 30, all HCC classes, including dual-credit courses, will resume
with all coursework online. All courses will be completed through the college’s
learning management system (LMS), Canvas.
Students interested in learning about career training programs and other career opportunities packed the HISD Educational Learning Center on Tuesday for the district’s second annual Ready to Work Career Fair hosted by HISD’s College and Career Readiness Department.
The Ready to Work Career Fair gave more than 700 HISD seniors from 30 high schools the opportunity to explore different career options through hands-on experiences and information sessions.
“What is so cool about today’s event is that it gives our students a chance to learn about career training programs,” Assistant Superintendent for College Readiness David Johnston said. “This is a special opportunity for those students who want to go and obtain a certificate or enter a workforce program.”
HISD has several programs to help young adults with significant disabilities transition successfully from high school to a productive adult life. In honor ofNationalDisability Employment AwarenessMonth,we are featuring three of these programs.This is the third in the series.Read the first in the series, about students at the Houston Food Bank, here, and the second in the series, about students working with Texas Children’s Health plan, here.
HISD teacher Jilianne Barzilla begins her HISD-Houston Community College Transition class each morning with physical warm-up exercises to get her students’ blood flowing. After that, she grabs a large purple ball and asks them to think of three words to describe themselves. She tosses the ball to a tall young man named Patrick.
The number of HISD students enrolled in dual-credit classes increased 15 percent in the past school year, thanks in part to legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 that allows school districts to partner with any community college – not just those within their boundaries.
As of today, 4,573 HISD students are enrolled in dual-credit courses, compared with 3,985 students in the 2014-15 school year. HISD has the largest number of students taking dual-credit classes in the Houston area. The classes allow students to receive college credit, and with enough credit hours, a student can graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
Workshop guides students through ApplyTexas, HCC processes
While 9-11th graders were busy taking the PSAT College Board exam Wednesday, seniors at Sharpstown High School huddled over their PowerUp laptops and created an account on ApplyTexas, an online college application that allows students to apply to every Texas public university, plus some private and two-year schools.
“A lot of our students are low-income, first-generation, underrepresented, said College Guidance Administrator Aaron Rodriguez. “If there’s not someone there to guide them, to push them to apply, I think [the college application process] would be really challenging for them. That’s what we’re here for.”
Unique high school is one of two in HISD on HCC campuses
When classes started at 11 a.m. at the new Middle College HS-Gulfton Monday, it was clear this was a different type of campus. Students were starting far later than their comprehensive high school counterparts. There was no bell. And socializing was minimal. Continue reading →
An excavator began doing site work this week for the new South Early College High School, marking the first new school to break ground within the 2012 bond program, which will build or renovate 40 schools across the city.
“We are very excited about this milestone,” said Superintendent Terry Grier. “With construction underway, we are one step closer to our goal of providing our students with 21st century schools that will prepare them for college and careers.”
Schools designed to serve students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out
The Houston Independent School District is partnering with Houston Community College to open two Middle College High Schools focused on serving students who are in danger of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out.