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West Oso students to graduate college before graduating high school

Posted at 2:28 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 18:40:58-04

Seventeen West Oso students will be receiving an Associate in Arts Degree prior to earning their high school diploma in June. These students will be graduating from Del Mar College on Friday.

This is West Oso Independent School District’s first Early College High School graduating class.

The program gives students the opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of college credit while finishing high school. Students have access to college facilities and services.

“Our West Oso Early College High School program has been in existence for four years so they are going to be our first graduating class. Currently, we have around 200 students in our program so being the first class is going to set the precedent for the rest of our early college students,” said Elsa Hofstetter, the director of the program.

Friday morning, the students were presented with a red stole signifying the completion of their associate degree. The celebration took place in the library at West Oso High School.

“It’s really an honor for me to have accomplished this goal because a lot of my family didn’t get the opportunity to attend secondary college like this and the fact that I’m only 18 and I’m going to have an associate degree, it’s a big honor for me.” said Destiny Solis, an Early College High School Graduate.

Destiny and her peers will be wearing the hard-earned stoles as they walk the stage Friday evening at the American Bank Center.