Some Texarkana, Texas students could soon graduate from high school with an associate's degree.
Starting next year, Texas High school students will be able to earn two credentials at the same time without ever leaving campus.
Superintendent Paul Norton says the dual credit program is typically offered to just juniors and seniors, but starting next year it will also be open to 9th graders.
The program is a collabortation with Texarkana College. "It's an associates degree in general studies," explained Norton. "We're starting off with a general studies degree because all the electives that Texarkana College offers fall under the general studies program."
Texarkana College requires students in the program to have a good attendance record and test scores.
Norton says students interested in the program will be motivated to achieve.
"Parents get the benefit of a reduced cost in getting the college education for their child as well," said Norton.
Students who participate in the dual credit program will walk out of Texas High with more than 60 hours of college credit.
TISD officials say Texas High will also offer 26 new courses next year. That means students will have a total of 425 course offerings beginning this Fall.