HOUSTON (February 29, 2012) – Houston Community College and the Houston Independent School District have joined forces to implement an innovative Dual Credit Program aimed at providing students at six schools the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, industry certifications and an AAS degree from HCC. The project has been named Houston Innovation Learning Zones (HILZ), and it will focus on selected high-demand, high-wage occupations. The program is scheduled to start in June 2012, with the initial group consisting of 25 to 50 students per school.
The six participating schools are Booker T. Washington High School, Furr High School, J.D Long High School, Kashmere High School, Scarborough High School and Sterling High School. The six AAS degree programs to be offered are Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technician Technology, Process Technology, Pharmacy Technician Technology, Networking and Administration Engineering Technology, and Global Logistics Management Technology. Students will have the opportunity to complete their high school diploma, earn industry certification and AAS degree with all costs covered by the School District (instructional costs, textbooks, etc.).
“For HCC this represents an innovative project and a natural next step of growth for workforce instruction. The HILZ project is very timely, in that not only will it help improve retention of high school students, but it will also increase completion of relevant workforce degrees that lead to high demand occupations in our region. We are excited to partner with HISD on this project as we see this as the model for future relevant workforce dual credit partnerships,” said, Madeline Burillo, HCC Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Instruction.
HCC is also working with local universities to expand articulations of Career and Technical Education AAS degrees to offer more opportunities to students to continue their education after earning their associate degree.
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 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. To learn more go to hccs.edu.