Making the choice on early colleges
The school year 2019-2020, Carter welcomed 376 students alongside three transfer students from other Early Colleges in La Joya ISD, for more opportunities and advantages.
Joshua Cordonnier and Frida Beltran transferred over from Thelma Salinas STEM, and Valeria Lucio, a former student, returned from La Joya Early College.
Lucio transferred because La Joya Early College was not giving her the attention she needed, and they did not focus on her graduation plan, but Cordonnier moved for more diverse classes and opportunities.
“Jimmy offers different classes that STEM doesn’t have like Criminal Justice and Speech,” said Cordonnier.
According to these students, their previous Early Colleges lacked class options and attention on the students, but both students have different views on the associate degrees available.
Carter does not offer an associate degree for Joshua Cordonnier’s field of study, but it does for Valeria’s. Carter offers 5-degree plans, STEM provides five as well, and La Joya Early only has one available.
Just like Carter offers all these Associates compared to the other Early Colleges, they also focus on the student’s career and graduation plans with staff that is frequently involved and concentrate on that the students complete the classes needed to graduate with these Associates.
Valeria believes that the staff at Carter is great and that one of the benefits of being at Carter is the teachers because of the involvement with the students.
“I think the fact that Carter is a small school makes it easier for staff to focus on a person and their needs. I feel like I get more attention and more help,” said Lucio.
However, she did have a different view about her previous early college,“…the environment was just not what I wanted or what I needed,” said Lucio.
Carter’s new students had positive reactions to the environment at school and liked the experience they’ve had so far. According to Valeria and Joshua, the people at Carter seem friendly and welcoming. These students plan on staying at Carter for the upcoming years based off of their experiences.