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Students can graduate with two degrees

Students can graduate with two degrees

Early college high school students have an opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree.

What if there was a way to graduate from high school and earn your associate’s degree at the same time?  Well, you can at the Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School (ACMECHS) in Comal ISD. The school started in 2010 and saw its first graduating class this year. Of the 41 graduates, 26 also earned an associate’s degree (70 hours of college credit).

ACMECHS is partnered with St. Philip’s College, which allows students to take college-level classes as freshmen and sophomores. As upperclassmen, students travel to campus twice a week to partake in courses at St. Philip’s College.

ACMECHS student support specialist Dannette Young said, “One of the things I really admire about this graduating class is the fact they made a choice to come to a new campus at age 13 or 14 not knowing how challenging it would be.”  The teenagers’ sacrifices will have been well worth it.  In just two years time or less, early college high school students could be halfway through a four-year degree or already employed in the workforce.

At their graduation, St. Philip’s president Dr. Adena Williams Loston designated a special round of applause for the ACMECHS students.  For Dr. Keith Cunningham, who’d been teaching most of the graduates for three years, the 2014 class was special.  “When I retire as a teacher, this will be the class that will be preeminent in my memories,” Cunningham said.

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Photo Courtesy: Patrick Evans/Herald Zeitung

Submitted by Sean Walker, COSA Ambassador