EARLY – Kailey Estela Patterson is a rarity amongst teenagers. At the age of 14, she currently appreciates what she would like to do … and, thanks to dual-credit rating courses, the Early Substantial School freshman is aware of accurately how she is heading to include to the household custom.
Only five months following graduating from junior significant, the daughter of Edna and her stepfather Buck Taylor of Early, is by now taking purpose at her faculty degree. When courses get started in January, she will get started getting college or university-level classes by way of Ranger University presented by their Twin Credit rating method.
“I want to start off working on my profession suitable now,” Patterson stated. “With dual-credit score lessons, I have the option to start off doing work to my career intention. With any luck ,, by the time I graduate from high school I will also have my Associates of Applied Science degree. That will give me a head get started to turning into a psychiatrist.”
The determination to start off school-degree lessons didn’t shock her mother, who also attended the Early ISD technique.
“I’m really very pleased of her and her final decision to commence concentrating and doing the job toward her upcoming,” Edna stated. “When she uncovered out at faculty that she could begin having classes, she came residence and was all enthusiastic. She arrived household and instructed us she had to consider her TSI (Texas Accomplishment Initiative) so she could commence taking dual-credit classes by Ranger. That has grow to be her intention.”
Via Ranger Faculty, higher faculty college students are eligible to just take faculty-amount lessons that will implement toward their two-12 months degree. The school is one particular of only a handful of institutions nationally that delivers Pell Grant funding to high university learners as a way to help address the price of programs.
Patterson accomplished her pre-enrollment examination before this thirty day period, and a couple weeks later scored nicely on her TSI examination. The examination, which decides a student’s instruction degree in composing, arithmetic and reading, is just one of the main criteria for pupils enrolling in faculty-stage classes.
“It is a fairly comprehensive check in the a few key subjects,” stated RC Director of Tests Stan Feaster. “This is an amazing possibility for her.”
Patterson’s selection to enroll in the twin-credit rating system makes her the 2nd member of her household to take a shortcut through the educational method. Her older stepbrother, Gage Lee Taylor, started off taking programs with Ranger University though he was a junior at Zephyr Substantial Faculty.
Gage graduated from substantial college and, in a few of months, also received his Associates of Applied Science degree. From there, he enrolled at Tarleton State College in Stephenville and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Products and services and Progress.
By law, 4-yr universities and faculties should acknowledge concluded diploma plans from 2-yr institutions, this means college students can transfer degrees they make at community schools to larger sized universities. In the course of the present-day Tumble semester, Ranger Higher education sent twin-credit history courses to 1,158 college students in a lot more than 50 superior faculties.
Gage turned his job at RC and Tarleton into a teaching vocation. He presently serves as the agriculture instructor at Mullin High School, when pursuing a master’s diploma from TSU.
“She seems up to Gage and his achievements, so she is decided to do the identical,” Edna mentioned. “I have no doubt that she will reach and even exceed her aim.”
Patterson won’t be leaving her higher college activities behind although having school lessons. Numerous of the programs she will be using will be taught on the Early campus. That truth will allow her to carry on to participate in the many activities she is element of – such as playing the flute in the Early Longhorn Marching Band and the saxophone in the EHS Jazz Band.
Patterson is an lively member of Crucial Club and, final 12 months, auditioned and was picked as a member of the All-Area Band.
“She has usually stayed busy, and has experienced enjoyment along the way,” Edna explained.
Come January, she’ll have pleasurable getting a higher education university student, also.
“That’s her goal and she is established and completely ready to operate toward it.” her mother mentioned.