LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Enrollment numbers don't lie, East Texas students are thrilled to earn college credit while they're still in high school.
"We're just astounded every year when the numbers are just a little higher. We keep thinking well we can't get anymore and then we see more students coming out..." said Jeremy Thomas, Director of Enrollment, Angelina College.
Now, there's a website that hopes to reach even more juniors and seniors who are college-ready.
"In the past you had to rely on someone in your school telling you did you know you could go to college while your still in high school?" said Dr. Patricia McKenzie, VP and Dean of Instruction, Angelina College.
Dualcredittexas.org links students across the state to their local community college, even listing the courses available to them.
"Now, you go to those sites and you see immediately this option is available to me. I simply contact my local community college find out what is the eligibility criteria is and begin my program," said McKenzie.
Even without the statewide website, Angelina College is reaching students from 45 different high schools in the region. Students are busses to the a-AC campus for their classes or watch instructors by video at their home campus. Lufkin High School is taking it to the next level.
"...Offering dual-credit on our campus this year partnering with AC and some through TSVN - the Texas Virtual School Network... It's definitely more convenient for the students. They're on our campus and we're able to have one of our high school teachers monitor and teach them that is also jointly though Angelina College," said Julie McManus, Director of Counseling, LHS.
A.C. says the website dual-credit-texas.org will increase awareness of their already successful program.
"The ultimate goal for dual-credit is to get them jump-started so they'll go to college," said Thomas.