Lamar University is expanding opportunities for high school students across Texas with the launch of an online education initiative that will allow the state’s students to earn college credit before they graduate from high school at low or no cost, reports the university. Beginning this week, Texas high school students who want a head start in college while also earning their high school diploma can enroll in an array of courses offered through StateU.com, an online partnership between Lamar University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Classes begin Sept. 21 in subjects ranging from English Composition and American Literature to Biology and Government. Courses are provided at low or no cost to the student, and are covered by the state in most cases. Students may enroll in a maximum of two, three-credit-hour courses each semester, with the potential for earning 24 credit hours toward their college degree. "This program gives thousands of young Texans the opportunity to excel by making it possible for them to earn college credit before they graduate from high school," said Steve Doblin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lamar. So far, districts representing about 180,000 juniors and seniors are making the program available to their students…

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