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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:00 pm

The first cohort of students in the Texas A&M University-Chevron Engineering Academy at Texas Southmost College is making the transition to College Station this summer after completing the first two years of a Texas A&M engineering degree at TSC.

The first 12 students in the program received associate of applied science degrees from TSC during the school’s recent graduation exercises, said Murad Abusalim, TSC dean of instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education, or CTE.

Engineering students in the Chevron Academy enroll in math, science and core curriculum courses through TSC and simultaneously in Texas A&M engineering courses taught by A&M faculty on the TSC campus, four classes during four years here.

Students can spend one to two years co-enrolled at TSC and Texas A&M before transitioning full time to College Station to finish their bachelor’s degree, according to information about the program on the TSC website.

“Basically they have access to the resources of both institutions,” Abusalim said. “From day one you’re actually a Texas A&M student. We qualify the students based on their math. They have to meet the same criteria as for Texas A&M. When they apply to TSC they indicate an interest in the Chevron Academy as part of the enrollment process.”

Anthon B. Villanueva, who moved to Brownsville from Mexico two years ago to enroll in the program, is in the first cohort of students now making the transition to College Station.

“Everything was OK, amazing. The classes were understandable, I learned a lot,” he said. “The first year was a little bit difficult but after that everything improved. We learned how to code, how to do some physics problems, also some engineering.”

Villanueva said his goal is to become a civil engineer.

“The four classes were pretty good,” he added. “During those courses there were journeys to Texas A&M to see the campus.”

In a rigorous field like engineering he advised taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the Chevron Academy. “It is a really good opportunity,” he said.

Abusalim said the program has benefits beyond just saving on tuition.

“This is a partnership. It’s a pathway in the field of engineering. … After two years interacting with Texas A&M faculty here they basically graduate more mature and better prepared to continue their education toward a career in engineering,” he said.

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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