By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
An agreement between Gainesville Independent School District and North Central Texas College was a highlight of Monday’s GISD board meeting.
The partnership between the school district and the college will include the formation of the Gainesville High School Collegiate Academy.
The academy will allow GHS students to take up to 62 semester hours required to complete an associate’s degree. The program is designed to help students save money on college costs and to cut the time required to earn a degree.
GISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Brasher and NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock signed a Memo of Understanding for the GHS Collegiate Academy.
“We are very excited about this new partnership between North Central Texas College and Gainesville ISD because of the opportunities it brings to our students,” Brasher said. “Before, our students have always taken the dual-credit classes, but now they can begin as early as their freshman year with these tracts that allow them to graduate from high school with over 60 hours and an associate’s degree which I think is phenomenal in today’s job market.”
An NCTC news release stated that GISD students can expect to save money by taking classes at NCTC as opposed to a four-year university.
There are also other benefits.
Students who are on the free or reduced price lunch program at Gainesville High School will receive free tuition, Dr. Emily Klement, Dean over NCTC’s Dual Credit noted in the release.
“This is such an incredible opportunity for students who maybe want to do more as they go through high school,” Klement said. “It’s kind of a new thing in this state so we consider it a progressive thing to do. It will grow into other academies such as the Associate of Arts in Teaching and maybe some other kind of programs that students at Gainesville High School would like to do. This is just the beginning.”
Klement also said that students taking advantage of the Collegiate Academy and who earn an associate’s degree will be considered transfer students relieving pressures associated with the needs students may feel to graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. Other items on the agenda during the meeting included:
• Recognition of the Gainesville High School Jazz Band.
• Dr. Brasher presented plaques to retiring board trustees Mary Hunter and David Moore.
• GISD Teacher of the month is Jill Linnell at Edison Elementary.