Mercedes High School along with South Texas College has launched their first freshman cohort.
In a press release, the school said 25 high school freshmen became college freshmen on November 15.
This new initiative allows ninth graders to complete core subjects for both high school and college credit, said school officials.
“We are extremely excited to launch this new dual enrollment program,” said Michelle Guerra, MHS dean of instruction. “These students will have a huge head start when they become full-time college students. They’ll be able to earn a four-year degree in half the time and for half the cost. It’s truly an incredible opportunity for our students.”
To be able to take part of this group, the 25 students had to pass college entrance exams, explained school officials.
According to the release, the students will be able to earn an associate degree at the same time they obtain their high school diploma in 2023.