Timpson ISD Collegiate Center
Timpson ISD (TISD) through its Collegiate Center offers to pay tuition, books, and fees for students to earn an Associates Degree or gain college credit for courses that will earn students a certificate or license in the vocational and technical fields. The number of students taking dual credit college classes through Timpson ISD has more than tripled over the 2017-2018 school year.
Many of our Timpson ISD students did not think they had the ability to pass a college course, but after being successful in their first college class, they are inspired to continue taking more college classes. Helping our students to complete a college degree or earn a vocational technical certification/license will benefit our students and their future families, and will also benefit the community by enabling them to be tax payers and contributing members of society. Timpson ISD currently have over half of its high school student body taking dual credit college courses that leads toward an Associates Degree or certification/licensing program.
In many cases, taking dual credit classes is the only way many students will be able to afford college. In addition to having the cost of tuition, fees, and books paid for by the school district, students can also save on cost because they are living at home and will not need to pay fuel or dormitory housing costs.
After graduation, students will have the opportunity to continue taking classes at the Timpson ISD Collegiate Center. Although the district will not pay tuition, books, and fees when students graduate from High School, the district will provide a place in town for former students to take college classes. This will allow former students to save on fuel and housing cost as they continue their educational goals.
Timpson ISD had a passing rate of over 91% of its students who took college classes during the 2018 Fall semester. This high passing rate for students was made possible because a monitor is assigned to each room where students are taking college classes. The monitor ensures that students are focused and are staying on task with their college class requirements. Monitors also teach students study skills, test taking skills, and if needed, make arrangements for tutoring from fellow high school teachers.
The Collegiate Center excitement and ongoing program success is reaching out into the surrounding towns and the buzz about Timpson ISD students and their success is being heard throughout East Texas. Timpson ISD has also had an increase in its district’s enrollment. The school district has added students who have transferred into Timpson ISD to further and extend their education. Research shows that if a student takes at least one dual credit class while in high school, it doubles their chances for successfully graduating.
The staff members at Timpson ISD are committed to ensuring that every student who graduates from Timpson High School can exit our doors with something more than a high school diploma. The Timpson community passed a $9,000,000 million dollar bond to build the Timpson Collegiate Center, and we are currently on track to move into our new facility during the 2018 August/September timeframe.
Timpson ISD is also striving to implement two more exciting programs: “Grow Your Own Teachers” and the “On-Ramp Dual Credit Education Program.” Both programs focus on local talent who choose teaching as their profession. The Grow Your Own Teachers program will allow staff members to gain either a bachelor degree or master degree. In the classroom, the ON-Ramp program will allow Timpson ISD to take our own students and prepare them for a career after high school. These two programs will be excellent motivational tools for students and teachers as they further their education together.
The parents of the Timpson ISD community have continued to support, guide, and stand side by side students to keep them encouraged throughout this amazing transition period. The Timpson ISD teachers and staff members are committed to making a difference in lives of all of our students.