ECISD Post-Secondary Education Coordinator hopes to lower dropout rate

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Whether its trade school, the military, or college, ECISD is doing more to help students graduate and pursue some type of secondary-education.

According to their Texas Academic Performance Report, the drop out rate is 2-times higher than the states. Out of those who did graduate in 2018, only 55% of them enrolled in college.

Kyle Hyche, a Texas A&M Graduate said, “It allows you to start your career at a higher level straight out of college with education which leads to obviously more money and better positions.”

“History proves there are ups and downs, ups and downs, with the oilfield and we need to think more in the long term instead of the short term,” said Elizabeth Gray, the new Post-Secondary Education Coordinator.

She said unfortunately, the oil field is one of the biggest reasons students drop out of school or don’t pursue higher education. She’s hoping a change in perspective and extra support can help more students find stability after graduation.

“That way if there is ever a bust or you’re no longer happy or that’s just not what you want to do anymore you have a back-up plan,” said Gray.

Hyche, who is a petroleum engineering graduate, agrees with Gray that education beyond high school provides more stability and opportunities.

“In college, you get a lot of engineering experience, you get a lot of math and physics and science that is easily transferrable to other fields,” he said.

As the new Post-Secondary Education Coordinator, Gray will help students with things like enrolling in college, transferring their transcripts, filling out their FAFSA, and any questions they may have while at their college campus.

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