OutlooK-12’s sister publication, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, featured the following article about vocational high school students:
Lone Star College, a community college located in Houston, Texas, with six campuses, introduced a dual credit workforce program that attracts vocational students in high school. The program operates at three of the campuses in Montgomery, Harris and CyFair and will be expanding to several of the remaining sites. Its philosophy is clear: attract vocational students in high school by offering college credit that encourages them to earn certificates and move on to earn associate degrees.
Melissa González, vice chancellor, workforce and economic development, at Lone Star College, who oversees the program, said it currently entails specialties in EMT (emergency medical technician), welding, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), automotive, drafting and machining. Lone Star has been targeting these vocational students as high school freshmen and sophomores because they are often ignored by colleges since they are not on an academic track. The EMT program launched about a decade ago, but the other programs started in 2014.
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