Six Whale Branch seniors earn two-year college degrees with their diplomas

Students earn "double degrees"
Posted on 05/25/2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Whale Branch seniors earn two-year college
degrees along with their high school diplomas

BEAUFORT – Six Whale Branch Early College High School seniors will pick up their high school diplomas Friday evening having already earned two years of college course credits.

The students took advantage of a partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry that allows Whale Branch students to take college courses – and earn two-year associate’s degrees – while still in high school and at no cost to themselves or their parents.  The TCL degree represents a two-year head-start as the students work toward earning a Bachelor’s degree or entering the workforce.

The six Whale Branch seniors actually earned “double” TCL associate’s degrees in both Arts and Science.  They are Thomas Felver, Destiny Hall, Briona Millidge, Liliana Molina, Thomas Vicuna and Judah Wood.

Twelve other Whale Branch seniors will graduate Friday with college certificates for completing significant college-level coursework at TCL:  Ebony Beasley, Tariq Clark, Kendra Crawford, George Delaney, Jordan Johnson, Kaya Maat, Elisabeth McMillan, Micaela Minter-Ford, Dayvon Polite, Tyleasha Robinson, Evelyn Serrano-Mundo and Shawna Wright.

“Students and their parents are the big winners,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Students can earn four-year college degrees in just two years, so they pay for only two years of tuition.  Earning college credits without having to pay for them is a good deal.”

The joint WBECHS-TCL initiative is completing its sixth year.  While any district student can take college-level courses at TCL, Whale Branch High’s instructional program is built around its TCL partnership.  Thirty-five of this year’s 125 graduates (28 percent) completed college classes and earned college credits.

College courses are offered on site at Whale Branch, and students have the option of taking additional courses at the TCL campus.  Among some of the most popular college courses are Probability and Statistics, College Algebra, Western Civilization and English Composition I.