College of the Mainland providing free course credit for area high school students
College of the Mainland has teamed up with other local community colleges and high schools across the area to continue providing articulated credit courses to high school students. High school articulated credit courses offer students college credit if they receive a final grade of more than 80 in certain classes.
In September 2011, after 15 years, federal and state funding for tech prep programs ended. Many of those who work in the career and technical education and workforce education believed too much work had gone into helping students transition from high school to college associate of applied science (AAS) programs. The new Educators Alliance for Articulated Credit was formed to continue helping students transition from high school to college.
Schools participating in the new alliance include College of the Mainland, Alvin Community College, San Jacinto Community College District, and all the high schools in Alvin, Angleton, Channelview, Clear Creek, Danbury, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Hitchcock, Lamar, La Marque, La Porte, Pasadena, Pearland, Santa Fe, Sheldon and Texas City ISDs. The alliance affects more than 45,000 high school students in 31 high schools.
The three colleges offer articulated credit to high school graduates enrolling in more than 35 different AAS programs, from Accounting to Welding. “Through this program students can attain free college credits while taking classes in high school,” explained Pam Bethscheider, articulation alliance director. These programs encourage students to continue their career interests by enrolling in AAS programs after they graduate high school.
For more information, call 409-933-8110.