Graduation is around the corner for the class of 2017 from Turner College and Career High School in Pearland. 90 seniors have already walked across the stage to receive their associate degree from Alvin Community College.
In addition to the 90 students receiving an associate degree, another 38 seniors were recognized for having 30-plus college credit hours. These students were recognized in front of their family and peers at the annual Collegiate Honors Ceremony.
Three students, Carissa Aguirre, Lauryn Carter and Feliciti Sauceda, received a cosmetology certification from San Jacinto College. Aguirre and Carter went above and beyond by also getting their associate degree from ACC along with their high school diplomas.
This year’s Turner graduating class has an anticipated 267 students, 66 percent will graduate with some college credit and more than 95 percent will have career certifications. Out of the 267 graduates, 220 have attended TCCHS all four years.
“Our community has embraced the Pearland ISD vision for a college and career focus,” Jennifer Morrow, TCCHS principal, said. “Turner students may have career certifications, internship experiences, professional networks and an associate degree all at the same time. We are proud of our parents, students and staff who have made this happen.”
Before TCCHS opened in fall 2013, the district had two students graduate with dual degrees. Since then the number of Pearland ISD seniors receiving an associate degree has increased from seven to 34 to 43 in the last three years.
Photo: Ninety Turner College and Career High School seniors recently received their associate degrees from Alvin Community College. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Floyd Photography)