High schoolers start preparing early

Students from left to right Bryce Shirley Christian Cantu Kaitlyn Kelly Sarah Gonzalez Carolyn Robles

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With a goal of being an ER doctor someday, John Vasquez plans to start preparing while still in the ninth grade. The Moody High School student, who plans to enroll in dual credit classes next semester, was just one of many high schoolers at Dual Credit Community Night getting a preview of the program.

Unlike some parents, John’s dad, Daniel Vasquez, isn’t nervous about his son starting dual credit classes as he is also attending Del Mar college’s nursing program.

With the college offering programs like dual credit, students who are ready to get a head start on their college career are able to do so through Del Mar College — and students like John and his father are able to attend college together.

Del Mar College held the Oct. 17 event for aspiring high school students to come and learn more about their options for acquiring college credits before actually entering college.

This event was free and hosted by Nicole Kindzirsky, Victoria Preece and Emily Gonzalez, members of the Early College Department.

“A lot of questions as far as transferability often times comes up,” Kindzirsky said. “We had a lot of students asking about CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses as well.”

With the objective of providing information for students who want to apply for the dual credit program, the event offered a slideshow of information as well as an Apply Texas workshop.

Information about TSIs, the process for application and the different specialized courses for specific high schools were discussed to parents and students with room for questions.

The conference room had a row of tables set up that included departments such as the Stone Writing Center, the science department and even the court reporting department.

“We did have a high population of homeschool students who came out,” said Kindzirsky, who added that Del Mar’s homeschool population has tripled in the past couple years.

Students interested in learning more about their dual credit course options are encouraged to contact the Early College Department with any questions on applying.

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