Recovery Program

The Recovery Program was developed by South Texas College and participating school districts to target out-of-school adults, ages 18-25, who did not graduate from high school due to lack of sufficient high school credits, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) or the STARR End of Course exam deficiency. Recovery Program students enroll in classes that are contextualized in the areas needed for high school credit recovery and/or the required state exam. As part of the program, students are also enrolled in Career and Technology college courses at South Texas College. After students successfully obtain the necessary high school credits and/or master the state exams, students are able to claim their college credit, which may be applied towards a certificate or associate's degree in the same field. Besides the curriculum mentioned above, students also participate in courses geared towards employability. Such courses help students develop their skills in the areas of resume writing, interview techniques, job search, general computer usage, phone etiquette and life skills.

Participating ISDs

  • Donna 3-D Academy
  • La Joya College & Career Center
  • PSJA College Career Technology Academy
  • Edinburg Vision Academy of Excellence
  • Mercedes Academic Academy
  • La Villa College and Career Academy

Students who participate receive the following:

  • Completion of high school requirements in order to receive high school diploma
  • Participation in college courses at South Texas College
  • Workshops designed to help with future success

Highlights and Achievements:

  • Jobs for the future opportunities for students
  • Back on Track model for Dropout Recovery programs

Recovery Program Number of Graduates

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Donna 3-D Academy 120 155 93 113 96 103 30 85 795
La Joya College & Career Center 188 162 177 267 227 294 253 200 1768
PSJA College Career Technology Academy 210 236 211 153 193 151 165 84 211 1614
Edinburg Vision Academy of Excellence 70 163 158 139 110 92 157 889
Mercedes Academic Academy 10 30 39 81 160
La Villa College and Career Academy 28 28
Total 210 544 598 586 731 651 702 498 734 5254