Sweetwater Independent School District Announces New Partnership with Angelo State University to Provide College Classes on Campus for High School Students 

In a press conference held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at First Financial Bank in Sweetwater, Superintendent Terry Pittman announced that Angelo State University (ASU) will partner with Sweetwater High School on a new dual credit program, beginning in September of 2015. This partnership will be in addition to Sweetwater ISD’s current programs with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and Western Texas College (WTC) to provide dual credit offerings for junior and senior students.

“We are excited that high school students will have ASU adjunct faculty on campus teaching courses to our students.” Pittman said. “Students will receive face­to­face instruction in language arts, history, college algebra and economics.”

Dual credit courses allow students to earn high school and college credit concurrently for the same class. Dual credit students at Sweetwater High School earn an average of 24 college credit hours at graduation with some students earning as many as 36 credit hours. The new partnership will allow students who take dual credit classes through ASU, WTC and TSTC the opportunity to earn as many as 42 college credit hours by graduation.

Angelo State University President Dr. Brian May detailed the importance of preparing students to successfully matriculate from high school to college. Additionally, he stated that Sweetwater High School students who successfully earn six or more dual credit hours through ASU with a minimum 3.0 grade point average will be granted automatic admission to the university.

Kirby Andrews, First Financial Bank Sweetwater Region President, hosted the press conference. First Financial Bank coordinates funding through a trust to enhance and expand college opportunities for high school students.

“Our goal,” Andrews said, “is to support the district as it works to remove barriers for students to help them gain access to college curriculum through local schools like Western Texas College and Texas State Technical College. We fully support adding Angelo State University to our partnership.”

Sweetwater High School senior Jasmine Reddic is enrolled in dual credit classes through WTC and will have earned 30 college credit hours when she graduates this spring. “I love taking college classes in school because they are more rigorous than regular classes,” Reddic said. “The opportunity to take classes at WTC along with ASU would be fantastic. Juniors and seniors next year will have an incredible opportunity with this new partnership.” In the fall of 2015, Reddic will attend Angelo State University as a sophomore studying kinesiology.

The press conference was attended by the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees, district administrative staff, community members, and administrators from Angelo State University Western Texas College and Texas State Technical College, as well as Sweetwater High School students currently enrolled in dual credit high school and college classes.

To watch today's press conference, go to http://vimeo.com/116711989 or click the play button on the embedded video above.