Media Advisory: Riviera ISD announces new Early College High School Partnership with CBC

Media Advisory

Newly formed Riviera Seahawk Early College Academy (Kaufer High School) to host ECHS Celebration and College Signing Day

Kaufer High School in Riviera, Texas will recognize students who have committed to attend Coastal Bend College (CBC) in fall 2015 as well as all of the students who participate in the dual enrollment program. Riviera Independent School District (ISD) will also announce their newly formed Early College High School partnership with CBC for the 2015-2016 academic year.

WHAT:                    Riviera ISD Celebration/College Signing Day

WHEN:                   Friday, May 1, 2015

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

WHERE:                 Riviera Seahawk Early College Academy

Kaufer High School Gymnasium

203 Seahawk Drive

Riviera, Texas 78379

WHO:                    Dean of Workforce, Julia Garcia; Dual Enrollment Director, Kayla D. Jones; Laura Payne, Dual Enrollment Specialist; Mariah Sauceda, Dual Enrollment Specialist

CONTACT:            Coastal Bend College, Office of Dual Enrollment, Kayla D. Jones, Dual Enrollment Director, (361) 354-2714,              kdjones@coastalbend.edu

ABOUT COASTAL BEND COLLEGE

Coastal Bend College (CBC), formerly known as Bee County College (BCC), is a public two-year institution of higher education that was founded in 1965. There are currently four CBC locations in South Texas: Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton. CBC offers both academic and workforce pathways for students and is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS).

ABOUT COASTAL BEND COLLEGE’S OFFICE OF DUAL ENROLLMENT

The Office of Dual Enrollment (ODE) provides high school students with a head start on college courses while still enrolled in high school. Dual enrollment college courses that are offered through CBC are high quality, affordable and transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in Texas. These courses are offered online, on campus and via distance learning at over 35 high schools in the surrounding areas.

ABOUT EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL (ECHS)

ECHS are designed to provide high school students, who are not likely to attend an institution of higher education, with the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma as well as an associate degree. The college level credits that students earn are transferrable to most four-year institutions in Texas. There are currently 154 ECHS across the State of Texas.

High school sophomores to gain full access to college

A.C. Jones High School sophomores and parents are encouraged to attend the Passport Program, a dual credit presentation by the high school and Coastal Bend College, to receive information regarding dual credit courses. The Passport Program will take place at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center.

Tenth-graders, whose parents signed permission slips, will travel as a group to CBC to learn about earning credits in academic classes and workforce programs. Students will get information on how to take basic academic courses toward bachelor’s degrees or earn certificates in areas including welding, law enforcement, computers, certified nursing and nail technology.

They will receive a CBC Passport that provides information about courses and a college identification card that opens doors to college resources including the library and computer labs and gives card holders free admission to college events and performances.

Information sessions and campus tours are available to parents who attend. Parents may also participate in roundtable discussions regarding educational opportunities for their children.

Sophomores, including those attending Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan High Schools, who are Bee County residents may start taking tuition-free college classes as early as this summer that count for both high school and college credit (dual credit).

Lunch will be provided at no charge. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Linney at (361) 354-2722 or email her at jcoker@coastalbend.edu. Coastal Bend College is located at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville.

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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.

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Dual credit event coming for high school sophomores

 A.C. Jones High School sophomores and parents are encouraged to attend the Passport Program, a dual credit information session presented by the high school and Coastal Bend College, to receive information regarding tuition-free courses students, who are Bee County residents, may take as early as this summer that count for both high school and college credit (dual credit). The Passport Program will take place at Coastal Bend College on March 25, 2011, starting at 9 a.m. in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center.

 Tenth-graders, whose parents signed permission slips, will be brought to CBC to learn about earning credits in academic classes and/or in workforce programs. Students may take basic academic courses toward bachelor’s degrees or earn certificates in areas including welding, law enforcement, computers, certified nursing and nail technology. They will also receive a CBC Passport that provides information about these courses. A Coastal Bend College identification card opens doors to college resources including the library and computer labs and gives card holders free admission to college sports events and performances. 

 Information sessions and campus tours are available for parents who attend. Parents may also participate in roundtable discussions regarding educational opportunities for their children.

 Lunch will be provided at no charge. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Linney at (361) 354-2722 or email her at jcoker@coastalbend.edu. Coastal Bend College is located at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville.

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Dual credit clearinghouse launched for Texas high school students

The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the Virtual College of Texas announce the launch of Dual Credit Texas (www.dualcredittexas.org).

 This website is the latest collaborative endeavor of the member colleges of TACC. Dual Credit Texas offers a simple online location for high school students and educators seeking information about dual credit opportunities at community colleges in Texas. It contains lists of all Academic and Career/Technical course offerings at community colleges across the state. Also, the website provides links to local community collegesʼ dual credit programs.

 “Community colleges in Texas are the first choice for over 100,000 high school students seeking dual credit opportunities and for the first time these students can now access a single website to link to local colleges around the state,” said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, Chair of the TACC E-Learning Committee and President of Howard College.

 “We are excited to help launch Dual Credit Texas in an effort to better connect high school students and their families to thousands of college courses,” added Dr. Richard Rhodes, TACC Chair and President of El Paso Community College.”

 Courses offered for dual credit stem from agreements between high schools and community colleges whereby a high school junior or senior enrolls in a college course and simultaneously earns college credit and high school credit for that course.

 “Coastal Bend College’s Dual Credit Program staff has entered all current dual credit courses into the master list and the spring semester course schedule was included, said Ann Harrell, CBC Dual Credit Coordinator and Director of CBC Kingsville Campus. “We will be able to enter our information each semester so that the site remains current. In addition to the semester schedule and course offerings, there is a link to our program website. The Coastal Bend College Dual Credit Handbook, Counselor Handbook, Dual Credit Brochure and loads of additional information can be downloaded or viewed from that site.”

 Partnerships between Texas secondary schools and Texas community colleges have enabled high school students to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to college smoother and increasing their likelihood of graduating from college.

 For more information about dual credit, go to www.dualcredittexas.org or www.coastalbend.edu or by phone at (361) 592-1615 Ext. 4076.