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Dual Credit

Dual credit provides students with the opportunity to earn college and high school credit. Students must meet the college admission requirements and receive permission from the high school administration prior to enrollment. Strict guidelines apply for meeting testing and application deadlines. Dual credit courses are taught by college instructors at the San Jacinto College North campus, Sheldon Early College High School, and C.E. King High School.

A college grade of a C or better can be applied toward an associate’s degree and may transfer to other colleges and universities. Students can enroll in one or more dual credit courses or participate in specialized dual credit programs--Modified Early College Academy (MECA), Sheldon Early College High School (ECHS), King Nurses in Training (KNIT), and Sheldon T-STEM Academy. MECA and Sheldon ECHS provide students with opportunities to earn an associate’s degree or up to 60 college hours toward a bachelor’s degree while enrolled in high school. Eight degree plans are included: Associate of Arts-Business,Teaching, Pre-Health, Communication,Criminal Justice; Associate of Science-PreMed, Physical Science, Engineering.
Sheldon Early College High School
Sheldon Early College HIgh School has earned the early college designation from the Texas Education Agency. It is a small personalized academy designed for students to earn a high school diploma, complete their college core courses, and earn an associate’s degree or 60 college hours toward a bachelor’s degree. The concept is founded on the principles and research of several organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Early college high schools utilize innovative methods and provide the academic and social support systems to promote student success in intensive, college preparatory studies.

Sheldon Early College High School partners with San Jacinto College North to offer college level classes beginning in the ninth grade at no cost to students. Interested students should contact their middle school counselors to apply during the eighth-grade application window.
Modified Early College Academy (MECA)
Incoming juniors who meet the requirements for dual credit can experience the college environment earlier than their peers and take advantage of the opportunity to earn an Associates degree by the time they graduate from high school. MECA, a full-time college and high school program, is offered on the San Jacinto College North campus. Students who enroll in MECA are responsible for the San Jacinto College discounted tuition, as well as any fees and the cost of textbooks. Interested students should discuss MECA with their King High School guidance counselor or visit the San Jacinto College website.

  • Begin core college courses during the summer preceding the junior year of high school
  • Successfully complete Pre-AP Algebra II by end of sophomore year
  • Potential to earn an associate’s degree
King Nurses in Training (KNIT)
KNIT students earn 30-34 college hours in the nursing field of study (FOS) during 11th and 12th grade and complete an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and take the state nursing exam within five semesters of high school graduation.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS - Free tuition and textbooks for students who maintain eligibility
COMPETITIVE EDGE - 20 spots reserved in nursing school for students who earn a 3.5 college GPA and 850+ on HESI A2 nursing school exam.
Technical Dual Credit
12 Certificates of Technology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assisting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cosmetology
  • Construction Management
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Pipefitting Technology
  • Process Technology
  • Welding