Bus Tour Update Day 2: El Paso

Just received a note from Sharon Miller on the Bus Tour

Yesterday, we started the morning at Transmountain Early College High School in El Paso, TX where Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier joined Secretary Duncan for an incredible town hall meeting. Transmountain is one of eight high schools that have partnered with El Paso Community College to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate Degree in four years. Transmountain focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and nearly all of their students earn an associate’s degree in four years. Among the highlights of the visit was meeting Jarisma Rodriquez. One of the first Transmountain graduates in 2011, Jarisma earned her associate’s degree in 3 years, during which time she designed a project that was sent into space on the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor. Following high school, Jarisma enrolled in Texas Tech University and graduated by the age of 18. She aspires to continue her studies and pursue a medical degree. Jarisma is one of many students at Transmountain who are showing how far students can succeed when standards and expectations are set high!

Onward to Arizona!