Instead of spending the early summer on vacation, scores of Socorro Independent School District (SISD) students spent the last month earning college credits.
“We’re excited to continue providing our students endless opportunities to ensure they are college and career ready,” said Carmen Crosse, assistant superintendent of secondary education. “The Dual Credit Summer Program is a great opportunity because it saves parents money and eases our students into taking college courses.”
SISD, in partnership with El Paso Community College, kicked off its Dual Credit Summer Program June 3 at El Dorado High School.
Now in its fourth year, the Dual Credit Summer Program gave more than 300 students district-wide the opportunity to earn six college credit hours at no cost in only four weeks.
Students had the opportunity to earn college credit for Education 1300, Speech 1321, English 1301, Government 2305 or Economics 2301. Classes were offered at El Dorado High School and instructors were from EPCC.
“I’m going to start high school and it’s exciting that I’m also going to start college,” said Isabella Kelly, a freshman. “This dual credit program is a very good start and classes are free so it helps out a lot.”
SISD students said they enjoy being introduced to the rigors of college coursework early because it gives them an idea of what full-time college will be like.
“This will be my fourth dual credit course so I’m not really nervous because I know what to expect,” said Isaac Soto, a junior. “I know how rigorous college courses will be, and since I have experience in them I know I will do well. I’m hoping to apply to college outside of the state, and I know this will look good in my application.”
Like Soto, students across the district are accumulating college credits early. During the 2018-2019 school year, SISD students collectively earned more than 28,000 college credit hours.
“Socorro ISD makes a very consistent effort to provide students the opportunity to earn college credit even during the summer,” said Tonie Badillo, dean of dual credit and early college high schools for El Paso Community College.
“These courses save students and their families a lot of money.”