RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples awarded $100,000 to South Texas
College`s Starr County Campus Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA).
The academy provides qualifying high school students the opportunity to earn an
associate`s degree in biology weeks before graduating high school.
The grant is made possible through the Texas Department of Agriculture`s new
Parallel Pathways to Success Pilot Grant Program.
"South Texas College has created an innovative model for other schools around
the state," Commissioner Staples said. "A program like the Dual Enrollment
Medical Science Academy at STC is a terrific example of a parallel avenue
offered to students to learn the skills they need to fill local jobs and enter
the workforce. This creates careers for our young adults and keeps top-notch
businesses in and coming to Texas."
Students apply for the two-year dual enrollment academy as sophomores and are
accepted based on their academic achievements and commitment to personal
enrichment. Through STC`s DEMSA participants have access to unique opportunities
like internships at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, college tours, college
scholarship application assistance, receiving certifications in CPR and first
aid, receiving academic and life success counseling and participating in
community service programs.
In total, TDA selected five programs to receive funding through the Parallel
Pathways to Success Pilot Program. For more information about the program, visit
TDA`s Web site at www.TexasAgriculture.gov.
For more information about South Texas College visit www.southtexascollege.edu.
For more information about the college`s DEMSA contact Guadalupe Chavez at