New partnership makes dual credit affordable for more Victoria ISD students
VC/VISD Dual Credit Partnership

It’s a fact that high school students who dual enroll in college classes are more likely to continue their education and more likely to earn a college degree. Yet not every high school student can afford to pay college tuition.

That’s why Victoria College and the Victoria Independent School District have come together with a solution for VISD students. On March 3 at Victoria West High School, VC President David Hinds and VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich announced that beginning in Fall 2016, up to 200 eligible VISD students can dual enroll in one VC class per semester for just $50.

This is thanks to a partnership between the VISD Education Foundation and the VC Foundation. With in-county tuition for a three-credit-hour class at $264, support from the two foundations will cover $214 in tuition for each participating student.

“We are very excited about the new joint efforts of the VISD Education Foundation and the VC Foundation, building on a long collaborative relationship,” said President Hinds. “Dr. Jaklich has been instrumental in forging this partnership, and we believe this is going to continue to build the college-going culture here in Victoria.”

VC and VISD officials agree that removing financial barriers is an important part of building that culture.

“We truly believe that a financial barrier should never exist if a student desires to improve their educational advancement,” said Jaklich. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire VISD, we truly appreciate the efforts of Victoria College, the VC Foundation and the Victoria ISD Education Foundation for their belief in our children and their commitment to excellence.”

VISD’s dual-enrolled students can choose from a long list of classes in the liberal arts and sciences as well as digital technology, accounting, computing, criminal justice, welding and more.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get their feet wet and receive college credit at an early age,” said VC Foundation Board President Dr. Bruce Bauknight.

Students who want to take more than one class per semester can still do so at regular tuition rates, and those in need are still eligible to apply for additional scholarships through the VC Foundation.

Katie Carter, a senior at Victoria East, is heading to Trinity University in San Antonio in the fall where she plans to study accounting. She has enrolled in a total of eight dual credit classes over the past two years – all covered by a scholarship.

“I probably wouldn’t have been able to dual enroll without the scholarship,” she said. “My older sister is in college, and at the time it probably wouldn’t have been a good decision for my family.”

Carter often recommends dual credit to other students, too.

“When underclassmen ask me, I say, ‘Dual enroll, dual enroll!’” she said.

Her VC classes have included English, history, psychology and economics, and she will enter Trinity as almost a sophomore, saving both time and money on her college degree.

“Having almost a year of prepaid credits is awesome; it’s such a blessing,” she said. “A lot of my peers are nervous about going to college because they don’t know what to expect. Having taken dual credit classes, I’m not scared to go to college because I’ve already had a taste of what it will be like.”

Dual credit classes aren’t just for university-bound students, either.

“In addition to the standard dual credit courses, VC offers workforce training in health careers and industrial trades,” said VISD Education Foundation Board President Geri Schroeder. “This is a tremendous value for the students and an advantage for our community.”

For information about VISD dual credit scholarships, visit with a CARS Center advisor at Victoria East or Victoria West. For information about dual credit scholarships and partnership opportunities for other school districts, call the VC Foundation at (361) 582-2518.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured seated, left to right, are Dr. Michael Hummel, VISD Education Foundation and VC Foundation board member; Geri Schroeder, VISD Education Foundation president; Dr. Robert Jaklich, VISD superintendent; Dr. David Hinds, VC president; Judge Beatriz Gonzalez, VC Foundation board member; and Dr. Bruce Bauknight, VC Foundation board president. Standing, left to right, are Jessica Gumm, executive director of the VISD Education Foundation; current dual credit scholarship recipients Hailey Dilworth, Blane Tupa, Brock Blanton, and Tanner Hanes; and Amy Mundy, executive director of the VC Foundation.

Published: Wednesday, 02 March 2016
 

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