Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative partnerships between public schools and a college or university in which at risk high school students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to sixty college credit hours. Early College High Schools:
- Provide dual credit at no cost to students.
- Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses.
- Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed.
- Increase college readiness.
- Reduce barriers to college access.
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has created a TEA approved Early College High School with the Presidio Independent School District, the first in Texas where college courses are delivered online. The Meadows Foundation of Texas has provided substantial support to underwrite the costs of the first year of the Presidio-UTPB Early College High School. Read more about it at:
UTPB early college with Presidio ISD gets grant
Big Bend Sentinel June 6th, 2013 under Education
UT Permian Basin’s innovative early college high school gets infusion of funding
UTPB has entered into a planning year with other rural west Texas school districts to explore the feasibility of expanding the West Texas Early College High School Initiative.