Eastfield College Career and Technical Education Early College High School at H, Grady Spruce is the first CTE Early College High School in the Dallas Metroplex area. Students engage in a rigorous and supportive academic program that blends high school and college work that enables students to graduate with a high school diploma, an Associate's Degree in Applied Science from Eastfield College in the Dallas County Community College District, and a Technical Certificate in one of four pathways:
· HVAC and Refrigeration Technology
· Digital Multimedia Technology in Graphic Design/Graphic Artist
· Computer Assisted Drafting and Design
· Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be increasing demand for the training and skills taught through CTE. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 10 require an associate’s degree or less. Meanwhile, of the 20 occupations with the largest numbers of new jobs projected for 2018, 13 require on-the-job training or an associate’s degree. Does this mean that CTE is for students who are less advanced? It certainly does not. Well-designed CTE courses are not only aligned with college- and career-readiness standards, but also the needs of the workforce. They also ensure that students have a strong grasp of technical knowledge and a demonstrated ability to succeed in the workplace.
ECHS students are located at Spruce High School for 9th and 10th grades and will be on the Eastfield College main campus for 11th and 12th. Dual Credit courses for students in the Digital Multimedia pathway will begin spring of their 9th grade year and HVAC students will travel to Eastfield College for Dual Credit courses during the fall of their sophomore year. Transportation is provided, as well as free breakfast and lunch to all qualifying students.Our early college objectives are to:
For more information contact:Rachel BurlesonProgram Coordinator(972) 892-5500
- Create a means to higher education for first-generation college-going students;
- Develop course work that mimics a college setting in which students receive intense academic counseling to help them develop skills essential for post-secondary success;
- Increase college attendance and success rates for all students;
- Strengthen the connections among middle schools, high schools, and higher education to promote a college-going culture.
The program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District. College tuition is paid through scholarships provided by the Dallas County Community College District. Books and transportation are paid for through Dallas ISD.