Dual Credit

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    You can earn college credits while attending high school by taking Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Dual credit courses enable you to gain access to college-level experience and provide not only high school credit, but transferable college credit.

    Dual Credit courses

    Dual Credit courses are the only courses that allow students to earn both high-school and college credit hours simultaneously. They are developed and taught by college-approved instructors and are graded in the same way as college students who take the same course. No prerequisite classes are required.

    For more information about Dual Credit courses, please visit: www.houstonisd.org/dualcredit


    According to the U.S. Department of Education, CTE prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic, employability, and job-specific skills.  High school students involved in a CTE pathway are more engaged and graduate at higher rates.   When students are able to link traditional lessons to real-life applications that apply directly to future careers, they are more invested in their own learning. In fact, the average high school graduation rate for CTE students is 93%, compared to the national average of 80%.” The industry-based certifications (IBC) that Houston ISD offers align with state and regional workforce needs.  These IBCs serve as an entry point to middle and high-wage jobs. We offer many certifications within our district.

    For more information about the Industry-Based Certifications alignment, please visit: www.tea.texas.gov 

    Postsecondary Programming

    The Houston ISD Postsecondary Programming Department, which is under the division of Strategy & Innovation, is committed to providing the highest-quality access and opportunity to all Houston ISD students.  Postsecondary Programming works closely with campuses and district departments to: increase the number of students graduating college-ready, provide access to college credit coursework in high school, and adopt new student-focused district projects.

    For more information about Postsecondary Programming, please visit: www.houstonisd.org/IPP


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