By Bryleigh MacGregor, Abigrace Davis and Catherine Ward
For many high school students, the word “college” brings automatic stress. Rankin High School encourages college as early as the ninth grade. Rankin is one of the few schools in Texas that have the Early College program. We are teamed up with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and The University of Texas-Permian Basin (UTPB) These two colleges allow high-school students to take technical courses and basic classes such as English 1301 and History 1301.
The Early College program is also known as Rankin Colligate Academy. When asked, Principal Sammy Wyatt stated, “I think it’s awesome. Early College is an advantage on those who didn’t have that experience while they were in high school. Those who go to college usually panic and do not succeed as well as those students who have already experienced the pressure of a college course.”
RHS is opening the doors for success, and many students are walking through them. As of this fall semester, RHS students are enrolled in nine UTPB courses and two TSTC courses. Many students are enrolled in multiple UTPB courses, and some students take both UTPB and TSTC courses.
Freshman students who have passed the TSI Accuplacer test can take Introduction to Presentation Graphics Software (TSTC Semester I), Music Appreciation Jazz/Pop (UTPB Semester I), Desktop Publishing (TSTC Semester II), or Professional Communications (UTPB Semester II).
Sophomore students who are TSI Compliant can take English 1301/1302 (University Common Core Credit & HS English II Credit), History 1301/1302 (University Common Core Credit & HS English II Credit), Advanced Word Processing—POFI 2340 (Technical College and BIM II Credit), or Advanced Spread Sheets—POFI 2331 (Technical College and BIM II Credit).
Other UTPB courses that are available to RHS students are English 2322 (British Literature), Political Science, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Sociology, and Psychology.
Differences Between Dual Credit and Early College High School
Although there are not many differences, Rankin provides both Early College and Dual Credit. The main difference between these two is that Dual Credit is limited while with Early College, students can take as many classes as they want. With Dual Credit, students can take two classes their junior year and three classes senior year. With Early College High School, students can take many classes, from English 1301 to Physiology. Here at Rankin High School, freshman can enroll in these classes while with Dual Credit only juniors and seniors can.