GISD expands College for All initiative

As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all Garland ISD students graduate with college credit in addition to their high school diploma. With that in mind, our Board of Trustees has approved a College for All focus, which includes steps to help every student earn a goal of 12 hours of college credit before they leave GISD.

This school year, Naaman Forest High School launched a Collegiate Academy and partnered with Richland College to offer Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degrees. Rowlett High School also launced a Collegiate Academy for Technology, soon to become a P-TECH. This program not only offers an Associate of Applied Science degree but also a two-year career certification. The campus will work with local businesses as well, including Microsoft and Game Stop, to provide students with training through internships and apprenticeships. Both programs are impacting nearly 230 students combined during the first year. 

Partnering with Eastfield College, the South Garland Early College High School targets first-generation college-goers, as well as students who may not already be on the path to college. This program offers an Associate of Science degree with a focus on automotive and electronics. The program had a highly anticipated launch with 140 students. 

The district’s College for All focus provides additional pathways for college, career and military readiness, offering a college experience at every high school. Each one will have an area of specialization tied to a career pathway that is aligned with workforce trends in this region. In 2020-21, the district aims to have P-TECHs available at Garland, Lakeview Centennial, Naaman Forest, North Garland, South Garland and Sachse high schools. Additionally, Rowlett will be an Early College High School beginning the same year.

Learn more about the College for All initiative on the district website.