A junior will also earn a double associate's degree this year

Whale Branch seniors earn diplomas and college degrees
Posted on 06/05/2018
14 WBECHS seniors earn diplomas and two-year degrees

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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

BEAUFORT – Fourteen Whale Branch Early College High School seniors will pick up their high school diplomas Wednesday 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 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.

Eleven Whale Branch seniors actually earned “double” TCL associate’s degrees in both arts and science.  They are Christiana Badger, Jasiah Ballenger, Xzavia Bryan, Adaiya Byas, Jhonatan Diaz, Charles-Michael Garner, Sydney Lucas, Kyra Owens, Nickayla Riley, Rebecca Roell, and Gabrielle White.  Ballenger also won the Young Achiever Award and was selected to be the first high school student to deliver the student address at TCL’s commencement ceremonies on May 11.

This year, for the first time in school history, a Whale Branch junior also earned double associate’s degrees.  Allie Rodgers accomplished that feat.

Two seniors – Joy Green and Desmonies White – earned Associate of Arts degrees.

Eight other seniors will graduate from Whale Branch on June 6 with college certificates for completing significant college-level coursework at TCL: Kyla Allen, Robert Alston, Elexcia Brown, Xzavier Bryan, Richard Campbell, Anthony McVay, Nya Simmons, and Taevondru White.

The joint WBECHS-TCL initiative is completing its seventh year.  While any district student can take college-level courses at TCL, Whale Branch’s instructional program is built around its TCL partnership.  Twenty-one percent of this year’s graduates completed college classes and earned college credits.

“Year in and year out, Whale Branch’s early college program is a winner for students and their parents,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Earning a four-year college degree in just two years means paying for only two years of tuition.  That’s hard to beat.”

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.