$800,000. That’s how much 16 Irving ISD seniors are collectively saving by earning associate’s degrees through the district’s Early College Start program. The students – 15 from Singley Academy and one from Irving High School – are as follows:
Associate of Arts
- Ashley Barcenas (Singley)
- Skylar Casey (Singley)
- Cristian Lopez Cruz (Singley)
- Ivbadenaje Osuma (Singley)
- Roberto Perez Lopez (Singley)
- John Posada (Singley)
- Breanna Pricer (Singley)
- Dylan Reding (Singley)
- Anahi Valerino (Singley)
- Nathaly Ventura (Singley)
- John Whitgrove (Singley)
Associate of Science
- Kaprianna Lopez (Singley)
- Madeline Ojeda (Singley)
- Yasmeen Shaw (Singley)
- Jonnalys Soto (Irving)
- Kimberly Vertiz Ramos (Singley)
The program is in partnership with North Lake College. Dual-credit classes are taught at the collegiate level, are tuition-free for Irving ISD students and enable students to receive high school and college credit simultaneously.
According to College for all Texans, the average annual tuition of a public four-year college and university is $25,000 per year. With the degrees, students have two years of college under their belts and $50,000 saved.
In addition to the financial savings, the dual-credit program also gives students a head start.
And the best news of all – even more students will be afforded this opportunity as the district will launch Singley Collegiate Academy this August!