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TEA approves Socorro ISD’s Trailblazers Early College

Trailblazers Early College, the Socorro Independent School District’s fourth early college program, has been designated as an Early College High School for 2017-2018 by the Texas Education Agency.

SISD’s three other early college programs also were re-designated by the TEA for the coming school year.

The new Trailblazers Erarly College will be housed at Americas High School, and will welcome 135 students during its inaugural year. Eighth-graders in the Americas feeder area may apply to the program, which offers students an opportunity to earn an associates of arts in a comprehensive high school environment.

“We are proud to have the official designation for our fourth early college high school program,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “This new program is another one of the endless opportunities we are offering our students to prepare them for college, careers and life.”

Early college high schools are innovative programs that provide dual credit courses at no cost to students; offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provides academic and social support services to help students succeed; increases college readiness; and reduces barriers to college access. Inclusive of its early college high schools, SISD students earned 16,921 college credit hours saving families more than $6 million in college tuition in 2015-2016 alone.

Team SISD, in partnership with El Paso Community College, offers the most early college high school programs in the region. Mission Early College High School was the first early college high school to open in the region. Socorro Early College became the district’s first campus-based program in 2015. In 2016, the district opened Rams Early College.

Trailblazers Early College, in collaboration with EPCC, will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony June 5 at Americas High School.

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