College Degrees Before High School Graduation

12 BISD Students Earn College Degrees Before High School Graduation
Posted on 05/21/2018
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This year, twelve BISD students earned their associate degree two weeks before receiving their high school diplomas. These students took advantage of the dual credit opportunity offered through a partnership between Brazosport ISD and Brazosport College. Dual credit gives students the option to earn college credit as well as high school credit for college-level courses. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours to earn an associates degree.

Brazosport High School student Arleth Gonzalez Alanis explained that the dual credit program saves students both time and money for college. She will continue her college journey at the University of Houston Clear-Lake with a total of 67 college credits. “If anyone were to ask me if being in this program was worth it, I would not hesitate to say yes!” Arleth exclaimed.

Brazoswood senior Elizabeth Shank added that she began taking dual credit classes as a sophomore and has earned a total of 66 credit hours through the program. She went on to state, “It’s benefitted me because I am now two years ahead in college.”

Jahida Mendoza, a senior at Brazosport who plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry with the goal to become  an orthopedic surgeon recommends the dual credit program for providing students with new experiences that, “...helps you get a feel for what’s to come after high school.”

Uber Lopez, ranked fifth at Brazosport High School, graduated as a Cum Laude from Brazosport College while still participating in many activities at school and at college. Lopez will graduate with honors and chords and has received $36,000 in scholarships. Uber plans to continue his degree at the University of Houston and double major in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Rigoberto Cardenas, who completed his associates degree in Chemical Technology-Process Operations a full semester before completing high school, stated, “When I completed elementary school, I  already had more education than any of my ancestors. I am lucky to be born in this great country where opportunities exist for those who want them.” Rigoberto chose the Chemical Technology Process Operations program with the support of faculty and staff at both Brazosport College and Brazosport High School.

Congratulations to all of these students for utilizing the dual credit opportunity to put their education and careers on a fast-track. Best wishes for a bright future!

Brazosport High School:

  • Uber Lopez (plans to attend U of H with a double major in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering)
  • Jahida Mendoza (plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University and then on to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon)
  • Trinity Hernandez
  • Arleth Gonzalez Alanis (67 credit hours; plans to attend the University of Houston Clear-Lake with a major in computer science)
  • Rigoberto Cardenas, Jr. (graduated with an Associate of Applied Science as Cum Laude with 83 credit hours and has already been interviewing for a job for a local industrial company)

Brazoswood High School:

  • Jason Dedas (earned 86 credit hours and plans to major in Actuarial Science at Iowa State University)
  • Elizabeth Shank (66 credit hours; plans to be an emergency/trauma nurse)
  • Terry Hendrick (61 credit hours; plans to attend Louisiana State University with a major in Political Science to pursue a career in government or diplomacy)
  • Nhu Nguyen (60 credit hours; plans to attend University of North Texas with a major in math and biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant or math teacher)
  • Emily Strawn (60 credit hours; plans to attend University of Houston with OT and Sign Language Interpretation majors to work in medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Kaylee Valencia (61 credit hours; plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Political Science before attending law school)
  • Megan Hudson (67 credit hours; plans to attend UTSA Honors College with a doctorate degree in literary students to become a college professor)

Arleth Gonzalez Alanis
Arleth Gonzalez Alanis (Brazosport)

Rigoberto Cardenas
Rigoberto Cardenas (Brazosport)

Jahida Mendoza
Jahida Mendoza with her mother (Brazosport)

Brazoswood students left to right: Kaylee Valencia, Emily Strawn, Terry Hendrick, Jason Dedas, Elizabeth Shank, Nhu Nguyen, Megan Hudson
Brazoswood students left to right: Kaylee Valencia, Emily Strawn, Terry Hendrick, Jason Dedas, Elizabeth Shank, Nhu Nguyen, Megan Hudson


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