Monday, May 4, 2015

2 High School Juniors, 32 Seniors Warn Associate Degrees from Edison

Alyssa Roberts of Bradford High School
It’s not everyday that you meet high school students equipped with the aptitude to successfully complete an associate degree, let alone high school juniors. A first in Edison Community College’s history, two high school juniors will walk amongst their associate degree-earning peers during the College’s 40th spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Alyssa Roberts of Bradford High School and Gabrianna Mescher of Versailles High School will both be awarded associate degrees before entering their senior year. An additional thirty-two seniors will also receive an associate degree before graduating from high school. This was accomplished through Edison’s Post Secondary Education Opportunity Program (PSEOP), which helps high-achieving students get a jump-start on their college careers.

Roberts opted to take advantage of Edison’s Associate of Arts transfer degree program, which allows her to transfer seamlessly to any four-year university in Ohio upon graduating. “My biggest motivation behind reaching this goal was the time and money I saved by taking college courses while still in high school. Edison made it really easy for me to participate in PSEOP.”

“I’ve done everything I can through Edison so next year I will be going to Cedarville University to pick up additional classes needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology,” added Roberts. “Once I’ve accomplished that I can apply to be accepted directly into their doctorate program. I would like to own a private practice some day and specialize in treating schizophrenia and different types of psychological conditions.”

The up-and-coming College Credit Plus program will build on the success of previous programs such as PSEOP and dual enrollment. Beginning in the fall of 2015, students will have the opportunity to earn up to sixty college credits in 2 years before graduating from high school. Course credits will be transferable to four-year universities under strong articulation agreements.

“It is encouraging to see so many high school students taking advantage of the opportunities available to earn college credit while still in high school,” said Ted Long, Assistant Dean of Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. “I suspect that this trend will only grow in the years to come, especially with the expansion under College Credit Plus in Ohio. If students are prepared for college, this acceleration can save costs and present a strong value proposition. My congratulations to all high school graduates of the class of 2015!”

A total of 427 students will have credentials conferred at this year’s commencement ceremony, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Piqua campus. Dr. Leslie S. Perkins, Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Energy Office, will present the evening’s keynote address.

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