New dual credit program for Beeville ISD high schoolers covers cost of tuition and books at Coastal Bend College

Beeville Independent School District parents are invited to meet with the staff of the 21st Century Program, also known as Texas After School Centers on Education (ACE) on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the A.C. Jones Auditorium.

 ACE program staff and directors will be on hand to talk about new opportunities available to high school students to obtain job skills and college credit. Coastal Bend College staff will discuss the variety of programs of study at the college that students can start in the spring. Programs available to dual credit students, or those who can earn college and high school credit simultaneously, include Computer Information Technology, Nail Technology, Criminal Justice, Welding and Child Development. Students interested in academic courses or “basics” that can be transferred to a university will learn about them as well.

 Students must attend a Beeville ISD school to be eligible to take part in this program. College tuition, fees and the cost of books are covered for students in the program and they will be transported to and from the high school to attend classes on the college campus.

 Students interested in earning academic credits can start in January. In addition, several workforce programs will be available this spring for students who wish to earn Level 1, work-ready certificates through the ACE program. Other programs will start in the summer. Depending on the program, students can complete a certificate in four or five semesters. 

A new course starting this spring is a dual credit Spanish III class. This course is presented in partnership with Coastal Bend College, Rice University (Houston) and Institute of Monterrey Institute of Technical (Monterrey, Mexico). Other dual credit courses through the ACE program include speech, history and government. 

Parents must accompany students to the Nov. 10 meeting. Students who have completed the ApplyTexas online application may register for courses during this session. Information on how to complete the ApplyTexas form will be available on Nov. 10 at the high school. 

BeevilleISDandCoastalBendCollegehave a long tradition of working together to serve the needs of students. Partnership includes the Passport Program, which was designed to get students work-ready skills certificates from Coastal Bend College while they were still in high school; and the Summer Discovery Academy, which assisted students in earning college credit as early as their freshman year in high school. Many students who started with SDA are now on track to graduate with their associates degrees the week prior to receiving their high school diplomas.

For more information about the ACE 21 Century Program, contact Traci Younts at (361) 362-6010 or tyounts@beevilleisd.net.

 

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