Dual Enrollment Academies

Academic Level
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Dual Degree/Dual Credit/Early College High School,


The mission of the Academies is to inculcate a “college-going” culture within their student body by providing a unique opportunity for students to complete an associate’s degree while also completing their high school requirements.

Program Description

The Dual Enrollment Academies were introduced in 2005 to provide Hispanic students a unique opportunity for high-achieving high school juniors to earn an associate degree from South Texas College tuition-free while completing their high school graduation requirements. Through partnerships with school districts, parents, and the community the Academies successfully serve more than 250 students annually through 7 academies across 4 campuses. The Academies focus on Medical Science, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Business Administration, Teaching, and Pharmacy. The academies allow participants to gain exposure to a college atmosphere at an early age, while having the opportunity to receive hands-on experiences. Additionally, every Friday the program hosts professionals from local universities to speak to the students about various bachelor degrees, financial aid, campus housing, admissions, and more.


From 2005 to 2014, 597 students have graduated with an associate’s degree through the program.

In Spring 2014, there were 293 students enrolled in the Academies and 65% were first-generation college students, 99% were Hispanic, and 52% were female.

Students overall have an average 3.3 GPA.

100% of students completing the Academies have successfully transitioned to 4-year institutions.