The San Elizario Independent School District and Western Tech High School Program partnership which began in Fall 2018, now enters its second year with increased participation and success.
SEISD officials share that this partnership with Western Tech is the only one of its kind in the entire nation.
“Other Technical Colleges have partnered with school districts elsewhere; however, our program is the only one where a student can earn their postsecondary credential while also graduating from high school with their high school diploma,” district officials added.
While the initial agreement allowed students to earn an Associates Degree in the area of Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, a newly expanded agreement will now allow students to earn an Associates Degree in either Diesel Mechanics or Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (R-HVAC) or earn a Certification of Completion in Medical and Clinical Assisting.
All eight (8) students who enrolled in the R-HVAC program last year have returned for their second year. In January, these students will have met the halfway mark and will have completed 50% of their program.
“Beginning this year, our brand new cohort enrolled in the Western Tech High School Program consists of one (1) new student for the R-HVAC program, one (1) new student for the Diesel Mechanic Program, and five (5) new students for the Medical and Clinical Assisting Program,” district officials shared.
Altogether, SEHS has 15 students currently enrolled in the Western Tech High School Program and all are on a path that will give each of them an opportunity to graduate meeting the needs that industry has placed on students to have the appropriate postsecondary credentials in place while also developing the necessary skills for career placement right into their chosen field of study.
On average, the cost of these programs run from $25,000 up to about $40,000, but because this is a Dual Credit program, this cost is being subsidized by local scholarships from Western Tech and a reduced tuition rate paid for by San Elizario.
“This financial support ensures that this opportunity will not impact the students’ future federal financial aid and will be offered at zero cost to the families and students participating in the program,” SEISD officials added.