More students flock to program that allows for simultaenous high school diploma, associate’s degree

college-diplomaA River Parishes Community College (La.) program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree will have its largest freshman class yet when school begins Aug. 10.

The Advocate reports more than 100 ninth-graders have enrolled in what’s called the Early College Option program, a partnership of the community college and the Ascension Parish school district.

“I decided to do this so I could get ahead and fulfill my dream of being an animator,” said Faith Ward, 14, at freshman orientation held at the college last week. Ward, who lives in Gonzales, said she wants to act and write as well.

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