Giving students a taste of college early can encourage them to persist in high school and through higher education.
By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe
What are the PSJA Academies?
Offered through the PSJA Early College Program, the PSJA Academies provide additional hands-on learning in various specific fields of study supporting students as they work to obtain a Certificate or an Associate Degree from South Texas College. Through a cohort approach, students build positive relationships, receive rigorous instruction; as well as receive academic, emotional and social support to successfully complete the coursework.
Students enrolled in the PSJA Academies continue to attend their home high school. They travel to the Academies’ site only for designated hours for academy coursework.
PSJA ISD students from any district high school are eligible to apply to be part of the PSJA Academies.
What is the difference between PSJA CTE Pathways and PSJA Academies?
The PSJA Career & Technical Education Pathways provide students with certificates in more than 12 areas of study, and are a great foundation for students to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of their choice.
PSJA Academies take it a step further by providing a cohort level approach to complete industry level certificates parallel to college certificates, or up to an Associate Degree prior to high school graduation. These Academies are made possible through a partnership with South Texas College.
Who can apply?
The PSJA Academies available through the PSJA Early College Program are open to all PSJA ISD High Schools in grades 11th & 12th. Interested students must apply their 10th grade year.
PSJA ISD welcomes students living anywhere in the RGV. Not a PSJA ISD student? Click to register.
Fields of Study Available
|✓ HVAC*||✓ Precision Manufacturing*||✓ Real Estate|
|✓ Automotive *||✓ Diesel Technology||✓ Welding*|
|✓ Carpentry*||✓ Plumbing & Pipefitting**||✓ Culinary|
|✓ Biology❖||✓ Computer Science❖||✓ Cybersecurity*|
|✓ Electrician Assistant*||✓ Mathematics❖|
|✓ Veterinary Technician*|
|✓ Criminal Justice❖||✓ Education❖||✓ Fire Science*|
|✓ Pharmacy Technician**||✓ Dental Assistant||✓ Phlebotomy Technician**|
|✓ Certified Nurse Aide**||✓ EKG Technician**||✓Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)*|
❖ Associate of Arts/Science
❍ Associate of Applied Science
* College Certificate
** Industry Based Certifications (TSI Exempt)