On the FastTrack: High School Students Get Ahead Earning College Credit

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Whoever said “good things come to those who wait” has probably never met the driven high school students who enroll in Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) credit courses to get a jump on their college education.

During the 2012 academic year, high school students enrolling in college credit courses accounted for 34% of the College’s enrollment. These high school students are taking advantage of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program and articulation agreements between NICC and 32 participating high schools in the College’s eight-county district.

Some of these students earned their high school diploma and an associate’s degree, and attended their NICC commencement and high school graduation ceremonies within the same week!

Devon Moose, 2013 Waukon High School graduate, serves as an example. Devon received his Associate of Science degree from NICC on May 16 and his high school diploma three days later on May 19. Devon praised NICC and Waukon High School’s concurrent enrollment program for the opportunity to shed years off of his commitment to earn a college degree. This fall, at 18 years of age, Devon entered the University of Iowa as a junior and plans to double major in biochemistry
and neurobiology.

“I plan on getting my M.D. or Ph.D. later on in life, and I wanted to try and reduce the 12-13 years of college that I was looking at having to go through,” Devon explained. “Also, I did not want to have to take too many general education courses: I wanted to focus on the courses that were relevant to my major and that truly interested me.”

Many high school students earn 20-30 college credits at NICC and would take even more classes, yet they have busy lives with athletics, cheerleading, FFA and work on the family farm, part-time jobs, theatre, music, student council or other extracurricular activities.

NICC encourages these students to complete their degrees at the College for two major reasons – to save time and money.

Do you know someone who would like to get a jump start on their college education?

Learn more!
www.nicc.edu/highschool.

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