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Henderson ISD working on partnership with Kilgore College

By Reese Gordon
March 20, 2014 at 11 p.m.

Henderson ISD has begun discussions with Kilgore College about a program that could provide up to 60 hours of college credit for high school students before graduation.

"This means they would possibly graduate with an associate's degree or Level II certification," said Stacey Johnson, a spokeswoman for the school district.

"We are looking at workforce programs. It is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in welding, auto mechanics, body shop, criminal justice and health science. With the graduation changes for House Bill 5, there will be more career technology in high school."

Kilgore College President Bill Holda said the Early College High School Program is including Kilgore College, Kilgore ISD and Henderson ISD.

"There may be potential for other Rusk County schools to come into that also," he said.

Johnson said Henderson ISD officials are working with Holda and Kilgore College to submit a grant for the program.

"It's exciting for our students and will open up some incredible opportunities," Johnson said.



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