Dual Credit Expanded
CREEED invests funding in CISD to expand its dual credit and early college courses
Posted on 08/06/2019
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The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) announced that it is awarding $8,000 in scholarship funds to four teachers at the Canutillo Independent School District through its Accelerated Certification of Teachers (ACT El Paso) Scholarship Program. Canutillo ISD requested the funding to support educators attain dual credit certifications, and help the school district expand the number of dual credit courses it offers in its local high schools so all eligible students in the district can take advantage of these free college-level courses.

Dual-credit courses expose eligible high school students to college-level coursework and give them the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The advantages of dual credit courses are immense as research shows that students who successfully complete 16 hours of dual credit courses are four times more likely to complete a college credential or degree program on time.

CREEED launched the ACT El Paso program in 2015 as part of its efforts to improve educational attainment and prepare all students in El Paso to prosper in higher education and the workforce. This is the second year that Canutillo ISD partners with CREEED to help more of its teachers obtain the training and certification they need to teach these college-level courses.

“CREEED is proud to partner with Canutillo ISD again and make an investment in their dual credit and early college classes,” said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED. “With this and our previous grant to Canutillo ISD, we have been able to grow the number of teachers in the district teaching dual credit classes by 7 and hope to continue this partnership so all of their students are able to get a head start on college.”

Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Superintendent of CanutilloISD, said that the scholarships will have a profound impact on the success of the teachers, students, and district as a whole.

“This scholarship provides an invaluable opportunity, not only for our teachers to continue their professional development, but also for our students to get a jump-start on college,” he said. “By helping more of our teachers become dual-credit certified, CREEED is setting more of our students up for success.”

These scholarships reinforce CREEED’s commitment of increasing educational attainment in El Paso while striving for academic excellence by supporting students, educators, and parents.