UTRGV early college high school to open in Harlingen

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the city of Harlingen and Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District signed a memorandum Thursday announcing the building of an early college high school campus in Harlingen.

The city gifted UTRGV about 30 acres of vacant land on the northeast corner of Camelot Drive and Hale Street. The 35,000- to 40,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be open in 2021.

Students who attend this campus will graduate with up to 60 hours of college credit under the guidance of UTRGV faculty and with a “fast track toward careers in engineering, computer science and teaching,” as stated in a UTRGV news release.

“The new campus fits into our core priorities in a variety of different ways,” Dr. Patricia M. Alvarez McHatton, UTRGV executive vice president for Academic Affairs, said in the release. “First, student success, community engagement and educational access. This exemplifies what it means to be a community focused on ensuring that our students and our children are getting the opportunities they need.”