Founded in 1987, PIQE operates nine parent development programs to teach parents how to navigate/impact the school system and promote meaningful interaction/partnerships between parents, schools, and educators. They aim to help children improve their academic performance and graduate from high school by informing parents what classes and tests their children must take to prepare for post-secondary education.
The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) was established in 1991 to address the severe shortage of Latinos in medicine. The Center aims to develop an educational pipeline from high school to medical school faculty. The HCOE sponsors pre-college programs such as the Medicina Academy Apprentice Program and the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program.
In 2006, South Texas College (STC) partnered with Progreso ISD (a small rural district with a high school student population of approx. 300 students) to develop an Early College High School (ECHS) Program. Schools in this program are designed under a “small school model” wherein 100 to 125 9th grade students start the program every year.