Troy Williams, dual credit MECA student
HOUSTON – Troy Williams has lofty career goals, and thanks to San Jacinto College’s (SJC) Modified Early College Academy (MECA), the 18-year-old dual credit student is on a fast track to complete the education required to achieve his dreams.
His ultimate goal is to be the Secretary of State of the United States. His track record so far indicates the young man has the drive and determination to be successful.
Williams graduated on May 14 from SJC’s North campus as a MECA dual credit student, earning an associate degree in general studies, with a 3.69 grade point average (4.0 scale). He graduated a short time later from C.E. King High School, earning his high school diploma. Williams graduated as C.E. King’s salutatorian (2 out of a class of 375), as a Texas Scholar, and as a National Honor Society graduate with a 4.72 GPA (5.0 scale).
MECA is a two-year accelerated program at SJC that begins the summer before the junior year of high school, in which qualifying students can earn college credit and earn associate degrees. MECA students take high school and college courses concurrently, and attend school during the summer.
“Although we were high school students, the MECA college professors held us to the same standards as other college students,” Williams commented.
He expects the discipline and diligence it took to earn a college degree as a high school senior to prepare him for future challenges. “Ultimately my experience at San Jacinto College has given me the understanding of the dedication and focus I will have to devote to my studies as I pursue excellence at the nation’s capital,” he remarked.
In autumn, Williams will begin his pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, focusing on science, technology, and international affairs.
Dual credit students can cut costs significantly, and the tuition and fees of much of Williams’ first two years of college were covered through SJC’s MECA program. Those cost savings will continue. Williams earned a Flavin Family scholarship to attend Georgetown, and qualified for a Gates Millennium Scholarship, which offers to pay the total cost of attendance during his undergraduate studies, as well as $30,000 per year for a master’s degree, and $30,000 per year for a doctorate degree.
Williams is thankful for the scholarship and financial aid help he received as a SJC student. “The advice and help I received from Jeremy Jones (a SJC counselor) was extremely useful in coordinating my financial aid plans,” he said.
Williams plans to pursue a master’s degree and a doctorate in international relations through an accelerated master’s degree program at Georgetown. “Through the accelerated program I can earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in only five years,” he commented. “I also hope to become a Rhodes Scholar and earn my Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in England. If that does not work out, then I will pursue a dual J.D. and Ph.D. in international relations at Georgetown.”
About San Jacinto College
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