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Valley View ISD named District of Distinction for college credit program

The Monitor - Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014 9:17 pm
DANYA PEREZ-HERNANDEZ | STAFF WRITER

Valley View Independent School District was one of only two districts in the state to be recognized as Districts of Distinction by the monthly magazine District Administration. The publication announced its 49 nationwide honorees on Monday.

Valley View was honored in the college and career readiness category for its Spanish Medical Minor program, which is made available to Valley View High School students through partnerships with South Texas College and the University of Texas-Pan American.

“We definitely have a good program,” Superintendent Rolando Ramirez said. “It means a lot to us when the kids are being recognized because it’s a lot of work for them. They could be doing other things, but instead they are taking these college courses.”

Ramirez said this program has been recognized in the past, but it wasn’t easy to get it started. He recalled the struggle of knocking on doors pitching an idea that some people hesitated about, only to later become the first in the nation to offer a minor in Spanish medical.

Ramirez credits the success to the students, teachers and parents who he said embraced the opportunity form the beginning. He said that approximately 100 students register for the program each year and about 70 to 80 of them attain a minor before graduating high school.

According to the publication, Valley View’s high school students earned 10,545 college credit hours from 2010 to 2014, and about 98 percent of students in the program continued on to post-secondary education.

The recognition program is a first for the trade publication, which focuses on content for education leaders in public school districts around the country. The idea is to honor districts that are leading the way in with initiatives that could set an example for others.