Sweetwater High School (SHS) announced today that for the fall 2016 semester students will have the ability to enroll in eight career pathways through Texas State Technical College (TSTC). Career pathways are specialized courses offered in sequence that lead to a career certificate and align to Associate of Applied Science degrees. Pathways offered include: Automotive Maintenance, Digital Media, Culinary Arts, Robotics, Environmental Technology, Health Information Technology, Structural Welding and Wind Energy.
The partnership between the high school and TSTC has expanded to provide new and challenging dual enrollment courses. Students report that they are excited about the new Wind Energy, Robotics, Culinary Arts, and Digital Media programs.
Additionally, the school district is preparing for the May Bond Election which could further the partnership between the two schools. If approved by voters, the high school will add a new vocational and technical educational building to the campus. "Our goal is to work with TSTC to help design the Vo Tech classrooms so they can support rigorous instruction from TSTC and high school teachers," said SHS Principal Ronald Morris. "We want to use this opportunity to create an environment so students know that their Vo Tech classes are dual enrollment courses that support earning a career certificate."
In addition, SHS maintains academic partnerships with Western Texas College and Angelo State University for students to take academic dual enrollment courses where students earn high school and college credit for university level classes. The average dual credit student at SHS earns 24 college credits while in high school and students have an opportunity to earn up to 36 college credits. The school is expanding course offerings and developing new partnerships to support its vision to become the premier school in the Big Country.