DEEA: Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy

Mission Statement

The Academy is designed to encourage area high school students into the engineering profession by providing college course-work and engineering related opportunities that will motivate, educate, and prepare students for higher education in the field of math and science while completing an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Engineering by the end of their high school senior year. With the support of the local engineers, the Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy (DEEA) will promote and participate in efforts that will reinforce the schools' and communities' commitment to prepare students for careers in Engineering.

What is the Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy?

DEEA is a two year-round dual enrollment program developed for high school juniors and seniors of the Pecan and Mid-Valley Campus area who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in engineering. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of rural area students committed to careers and service in Manufacturing, Electrical, Industrial Engineering, and others.

DEEA participants will be offered:

Opportunities to participate in engineering activities, in addition to the following:

  • A year round Seminars Series program to expose and increase the students' knowledge of Engineering and professional skills
  • Ongoing guidance, tutoring and counseling relating to academic and career choices
  • Volunteer opportunities in cooperation with area engineering facilities and businesses
  • Test taking skills development workshops
  • Opportunities to mentor with local career professionals
  • Presentations by Math and Science professionals which provide students with information on educational and personal preparation required for pursuit of careers in engineering
  • Field trips to Engineering businesses and other educational institutions in and out of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Summer part-time volunteer work in related field
  • Continued student support throughout the program's college course-work

All DEEA extra-curricular activities will be held at night, Friday afternoons, during the weekend, or during the summer, unless agreed to and in cooperation with the activity providers.

Who can participate in DEEA?

  • High school students in grades 11-12 (students may apply at the end of 10th grade year)
  • Students should be enrolled in the DAP curriculum
  • Students must have serious interest in pursuing a career in engineering
  • Students must complete a DEEA application which includes writing a brief essay