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HCC and HISD Launch Pioneering Dual Credit Program

Houston innovative learning zones

HOUSTON (June 8, 2012) – Houston Community College and Houston Independent School Districts are partnering to launch the Houston Innovative Learning Zone project. The pioneering dual credit program will offer high school students Tech-Prep and dual credit courses. These courses, beginning in the 10th grade, lead to the completion of an associate degree or college certification from HCC upon graduation from high school. The intense three-year program will focus on high-demand and high-earning careers in the fields of:

· Engineering

· Process Technology

· Pharmacy Technology

· Network and Computer Administration

· Logistics and Global Supply, and

· Manufacturing Technology

Six Houston-area schools have been chosen to participate including Furr, Kashmere, Scarborough, Sterling and Booker T. Washington High Schools, and Long Middle School. Each cohort of students, beginning with the 2012 summer semester, will take approximately 384,000 contact hours over the length of the program. It is estimated that approximately 300 students will enroll in the HILZ program each year.

The partnership between HCC and HISD calls for nearly $5 million in startup funds, spread over a four-year period. About $1.5 million of the cost will be covered by federal funds specifically designated for vocational education programs to help prepare high school students for college level education. All instructional costs are covered by the district.

The HILZ programs are designed to align with the objectives and resources of the Gulf Coast Partners for Student Success. The Houston Endowment has contributed more than $1.2 million to help HCC-HISD students achieve college-level knowledge and skills while still in high school and avoid the costs and frustrations of developmental education.

“These HILZ programs represent an innovative dual credit collaboration between HISD and HCC, focused on workforce education and training in high demand high growth occupations in our region,” said HCC Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Instruction Dr. Madeline Burillo. “HILZ graduates will have the opportunity to earn certifications that Houston employers seek when filling high demand job vacancies.

In addition, HILZ program graduates will also have completed their high school diploma and earned between 45 to 60 hours of college credit from Houston Community College. These credits will transfer to articulated programs at specific Texas universities, providing career pathways for HILZ graduates to transfer to a four-year college if they choose to forego an immediate career or decide to do so at a later time.”

Enrollment in the program will begin in June 2012.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singularly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 65,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

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