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Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD has partnered with South Texas College to offer the first-ever Real Estate Program for high school students.

The course, offered through the district’s PSJA Career & Technical Education Program and STC’s Continuing Education Program, is open to 12th-grade students. It allows them to complete the state requirements to earn a real estate license by the time they graduate from high school, offering students a better quality of life as they take their next steps.

“This course is preparing students to take a state and national exam that is required. Students need to have 360 hours in order to apply to take that test,” STC instructor Alejandra Cobos said. “The course gives them the foundation to be able to earn their real estate license and start working.”

According to Cobos, earning this challenging license while in high school will benefit students as they enter the workforce. Currently, 12 students are participating in the inaugural cohort at PSJA ISD.

“It’s really cool that PSJA ISD and STC have taken the initiative to offer this course because it can be ultimately life-changing for them and their families,” Cobos said. “There is no cap as to how much they can earn as (real estate) agents, so it’s great that by the time they graduate from high school, they will be able to implement this.”

For PSJA Early College High School senior Alondra Sanchez, getting to be part of the inaugural cohort at the age of 17 has been a great experience.

“I hope to earn my license and pursue a career in this field as I attend college,” said Sanchez, who will also be graduating with an associate degree in interdisciplinary studies from STC in May 2022 through the PSJA ISD Early College Program. “This gives me a good advantage just knowing that I can be earning money and helping my parents pay for my college instead of asking them for money or requesting financial aid or loans.”

The real estate course is just one of many career-advancing opportunities offered through PSJA ISD in partnership with STC and other higher education institutions.

Each semester, the PSJA CTE Program provides cutting-edge, rigorous, and relevant education to give high school students a jumpstart in a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers after high school.

PSJA ISD students can choose from 13 unique career pathways and 28 specialized programs offered in partnership with STC, including:

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Science
  • Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communications
  • Business, Marketing, and Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law And Public Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

“We commend this cohort of students for being the trailblazers and taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Thank you to our partner STC for helping us make this possible,” PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo said. “Our district strives to offer our students and families with multi-generational prosperity, and this is one way that students can earn access to a better quality of life and a better future.”

PSJA ISD welcomes students living anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley. Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Learn more at