High-School Dropouts Get a Taste of College at Texas Academy

Jennifer Whitney for The Chronicle

James Cruz is earning a welding certificate at the College, Career, and Technology Academy while also studying to get his high-school diploma. "Being in college makes me really proud," he says.
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James Cruz was still hurting after failing three out of four exams needed to graduate from high school when a woman knocked on his door. She told him about an academy where dropouts and "noncompleters" could earn diplomas and start college at the...

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