Record number of PSJA ISD seniors earn Associate Degrees from South Texas College
District sees highest number of Early College Graduates to date
PHARR – Breaking a district record, 541 seniors in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD were named candidates to receive Associate Degrees from South Texas Collegeduring the 2019-2020 school year in numerous fields including Biology, Criminal Justice, and Mathematics, to name a few.
Out of the 541 Early College graduates, 96 of them graduated from South Texas College in December 2019, an entire semester before receiving their high school diploma. Eighty students received industry certifications in fields like Weldingand Automotive.
Through partnerships with South Texas College and other higher education leaders, more than 3,500 PSJA ISD high school students are enrolled in college courses each semester through the district's nationally-recognized Early College Program.
As its main higher education partner, PSJA ISD collaborates with South Texas College to offer college credit hours, college certificates and degrees, while saving families hundreds of thousands of dollars by waiving tuition and fees.
“We commend our amazing students for reaching this life-changing milestone,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “We are so proud to have the highest number of Associate Degrees earned from our higher education partner South Texas College, and the most ever to have participated in dual credit courses in the history of PSJA!”
As a special way to celebrate the PSJA Class of 2020 graduates, PSJA ISD will be hosting optional in-person Graduation Ceremonies and Spirit Drives at its PSJA Stadium starting May 29. For more information, visit www.psjaisd.us/graduation