PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) was one of 12 school districts to receive state recognition in a special edition of the Texas School Business Magazine. The PSJA Nursing Career Pathway Program was one of 12 programs recognized as part of the 11th Annual "Bragging Rights” published this month.

Each year, Texas School Business publishes and distributes an annual Bragging Rights issue honoring 12 deserving school districts for their innovative programs.

First approved by the Texas Board of Nursing in 2015, PSJA’s Nursing Career Pathway Program is the first in the nation to address the growing need for registered nurses by providing a an Associate Degree in nursing to qualified high school students free of charge.

The rigorous program was created through a partnership with South Texas College, PSJA, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) and the Region One Education Service Center. To be accepted into the program, students had to meet STC's school of nursing standards, demonstrate academic success and pass the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) entrance exam.

Eight PSJA ISD seniors became the first in the nation to graduate with their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) while in high school in May 2017.

This is the third time a PSJA ISD program is selected for the "Bragging Rights" issue. The first was the PSJA College, Career & Technology Academy in 2008 and the PSJA Dual Language Enrichment Program in 2009.

"We are honored to be highlighted by Texas School Business Magazine," said PSJA Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel King. "The PSJA Nursing Career Pathway Program, prepared these students with the necessary skills to continue their education and enter the workforce in a high-demand job at a young age."