SISD to offer free dual credit classes

Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) is pleased to announce that, starting this fall, they will be able to offer college dual credit classes at no cost to students.Several years ago, a trust was set up by Charles Nunn to cover over 50% of the tuition for the college dual credit courses. However, during the July meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees, the board decided to pick up the remaining cost and make the classes free to students."These academic courses are live instructors on campus at Sweetwater High School," said Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman, "not online courses."The main difference between Sweetwater’s dual credit classes and others in the area is the live, face to face instruction on the Sweetwater High School campus. College certified instructors offer their courses live, in front of the students, in the classrooms of SHS.SHS was one of the very first high schools in West Texas to partner with a college. The original partnership was with TSTC (Texas State Technical College) in Sweetwater, and many students took advantage of this program for many years.Presently, the partnership of Western Texas College allows students to accredit the academic core courses."A Sweetwater High School student can obtain 36 hours of true college credit, all of which are part of the state common numbering system, thus transferrable to all Texas state schools colleges and Universities," Pittman stated. "This will be a full one and a half years of college tuition at no cost to the student [with] live college classes."