Friendswood resident thrives in Collegiate High School program

Posted on: February 02, 2012

Collegiate High School student Johnathan Moore knew he could continue his
Friendswood High School extracurricular activities when he enrolled at CHS as a
junior.
 
That was important to the 17-year-old senior who is captain of the FHS debate
team and its National Honor Society chapter.
 
But Moore had no idea about the College of the Mainland opportunities that would
become available to him when he stepped on campus.
 
CHS is a COM program that gives local high school students an opportunity to begin
their freshman year of college during their high school years.
 
By the time they graduate high school they’ll have an associate degree along with
heir high school diploma, and the opportunity to begin college as freshmen with
credits.
 
CHS will host a parent information meeting for prospective students at 6:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Learning Resource Center. The meeting is open to parents
and prospective students.
 
Moore is the executive chair of the CHS Club, the treasurer for the Biology Club,  
member of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), the Student
Government Association (SGA) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national community
college honor society.
 
“(When I started), I didn’t know I could be part of these things,” Moore said. “I think
 CHS is great. The kids are nice. The teachers are great. It saves money. If I went to a
 university, the classes would be more expensive. All in all, it’s been a really good
 experience.”
 
Being a CHS student, Moore said, will make the transition to a university much
easier.
 
Moore, who is one of five Friendswood students in the program, plans to attend
a nearby university such as University of Houston or Rice University.
 
Moore currently has 51 college credits but expects to have 73 by the end of the
semester. He will apply most of those credits toward a double major in electrical
engineering and corporate communications.

Moore will either combine the skills from those two fields or choose the one he likes
best.
 
The foundation he received at CHS will help him excel in his courses at UH or Rice.
 
“COM is a great system,” Moore said. “The professors are here because they enjoy
 the subject, because they’re passionate about it.”


 


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