The Weslaco ISD Career and Technical Education Early College High School offers an Associate’s in Applied Science with concentrations in Welding Technology, Precision Manufacturing or Diesel Technology from South Texas College. Thanks to a collaboration with STC, Weslaco ISD secured a $300,450 grant to establish this CTE Early College High School.
Students are recruited from the middle schools as 8th graders. These freshmen will attend classes like English, social studies, math and science with the addition of the welding or diesel college courses. The freshmen will take college classes as early as their spring semester. Also, administrators allow students to participate in extracurricular activities like athletics, band and clubs from their zoned high schools.
21ST CENTURY T-STEM ACADEMY —
Weslaco ISD, in conjunction with South Texas College, provides motivated freshmen with the opportunity to get a head start on their post-secondary education. While completing high school, students enrolled in the 21st Century T-STEM Academy can graduate with an Associate’s Degree in the area of Biology, Computer Science, Pre-Engineering, Mathematics or Interdisciplinary Studies.
EARLY LEARNING FOUNDATION ACADEMY --
To ensure that the children of Weslaco have more opportunities to prepare for a successful future, Weslaco ISD is reaching beyond the classrooms and into area daycare centers. This outreach is a component of the 21st Century Early Learning Foundation Academy which encompasses school readiness for preschoolers. In an unprecedented collaboration, WISD partnered with the Hidalgo County Head Start Program and Teaching and Mentoring Communities (TMC), to provide school readiness services to children three and four years of age. The district provides highly-certified teachers at four Head Start centers and two TMC locations. The teachers will provide the academic component to the students in these programs. They facilitate the instruction of math and language arts curriculum. This dual enrollment program will build the academic skills of the three and four year-olds participating and will propel them to continue to have a successful academic career with WISD.
EXPANSION IN ATHLETICS –
Boys and girls at the middle school level can now ‘batter up’ and join in the game of baseball or softball. Previously not available until high school, middle school baseball and softball recently began its inaugural midwinter season with 16 teams.
These teams are a part of the Mid-Valley Middle School District with 7th and 8th grade teams for both boys and girls. While other districts have incorporated the game of baseball at the middle school level, Weslaco ISD is the only district that also provides softball for girls. Currently the teams will compete within the school district.