$900,000. That’s how much 18 seniors from Irving ISD’s Singley Academy are collectively saving by earning associate’s degrees through the district’s Early College Start program. The students are as follows:

Associate of Arts

  • Bishop Banda
  • Jaylene Barrientos
  • Nicholas Darson
  • Nathaly Grimaldo-Delgado
  • Lennyn Hernandez
  • Fatima Mumith
  • Olivier-John Ndjike Nzia
  • Jorge Padilla
  • Sheryl Siljan
  • Mark Tran

Associate of Science

  • Ivory Arreguin
  • Thomas Flores Sosa
  • Gabriel Hernandez
  • Angela Huynh
  • Zoha Naeem
  • Kathy Nguyen
  • Araceli Sanchez
  • Kassandra Valdez

The program is in partnership with Dallas College North Lake Campus. 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 are being afforded this opportunity as the district launched Singley Collegiate Academy last August and a second academy, South Irving Collegiate, is scheduled to open in August 2022.