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PSJA ISD partners with STC to offer first Real Estate Program for high school students

PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) has partnered with South Texas College (STC) to offer the first-ever Real Estate Program for high school students happening this fall semester.  


The course, offered through the district’s PSJA Career & Technical Education Program and STC’s Continuing Education Program, is open to seniors and will allow students to complete the state requirements to earn a Real Estate License by the time they graduate from high school. This opportunity will offer students a better quality of life as they pursue post-secondary education.


“This course is preparing students to take a state and national exam that is required. Students need to have 360 hours in order to apply to take that test,” said STC Instructor & Real Estate Broker Alejandra Cobos. “The course gives them the foundation to be able to earn their real estate license and pretty much start working.” 


According to Cobos, earning this challenging license while in high school will benefit students as they enter the workforce. Currently 12 students are participating in the inaugural cohort. 


“It’s really cool that PSJA ISD and STC have taken the initiative to offer this course because it can be ultimately life-changing for them and their families,” said Cobos. “There is no cap as to how much they can earn as Agents, so it’s great that by the time they graduate from high school they will be able to implement this.” 


For PSJA Early College High School Senior Alondra Sanchez getting to be part of this inaugural cohort at the age of 17 has been a great experience.  


“I hope to earn my license and pursue a career in this field as I attend college,” said Sanchez who will also be graduating with an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College in May 2022 through the PSJA ISD Early College Program. “This gives me a good advantage, just knowing that I can be earning money and helping my parents pay for my college instead of asking them for money or requesting loans.” 


The Real Estate Course is just one of several career-advancing opportunities offered through the PSJA Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program in partnership with South Texas College and other higher education institutions.   


Each semester, the PSJA CTE Program provides cutting-edge, rigorous, and relevant education to give high school students a jumpstart in a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high demand careers after high school. PSJA ISD students can choose from 13 unique career pathways and 28 specialized programs. 


“We commend this cohort of students for being trailblazers and taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Thank you to our partner STC for helping us make this possible,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “Our district strives to offer our students and families multi-generational prosperity; this is one way that students can earn access to a better quality of life and a better future.”