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SECHS students earn associate degrees prior to graduation

SECHS students earn associate degrees prior to graduation

Forming the second-largest class of earners from James M. Steele Early College High School, 14 students will accept their associate degrees two weeks prior to receiving their official high school diplomas.

To qualify, students must have completed 60 hours of dual credit coursework that included requirements to meet the criteria for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees.  

“Earning your associate degree in high school is a great accomplishment and we are so proud of our Steele students,” said Todd Rogers, principal of Steele Early College High School. “Their leadership, dedication and being a positive role model will leave a legacy at Steele for others to follow.”

Officially designated as an Early College High School last year by the Texas Education Association, Steele provides students with a career and collegiate-focused advanced learning environment. That environment allows students to take charge of their educational futures by enrolling in dual-credit high school and collegiate classes at their own pace. Steele focuses on Texas Core courses – those that will transfer to all Texas public colleges and universities – and students can end up classified as a sophomore or junior when enrolling in a four-year college.

Counselors also helped the students choose the courses that best fit their individual pathways, picking classes that could be beneficial with certain degree requirements.

The following is a complete list of Steele Early College High School’s 2023 associate degree earners:          

Degree earned from Tarrant County College

Jocelyn Bridges Associate of Art
Olivia Coker                Associate of Art
Nathan Collins Associate of Art
Lane Hamilton                   Associate of Art
Sara Hancy            Associate of Art
Kennen Jose                Associate of Art
Kooper Jose                Associate of Art
Brayden Junior                Associate of Art
Jace Kruse              Associate of Art
Kayden Lassen         Associate of Art
Zoey Mendez             Associate of Art
Logan Neiswender              Associate of Art
Phoenix Rainwater             Associate of Art
Margaret Silvy Associate of Art


Each of the listed students will graduate with their associate degrees from their designated colleges in early May. Following, Steele Early College High School’s graduation will take place on May 26, 2023.

To learn more about Steele Early College High School, please visit their website.