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MHS seniors will complete college degree before high school graduation!

Jacqueline Wahl and Joshua Arment

DOUBLE GRADUATIONS – Jacqueline Wahl and Joshua Arment will graduate from Marshalltown Community College with an Associate in Arts degree prior to their graduation from Marshalltown High School on May 27. Taking dual credit classes in high school has saved each of them $12,416 and elevated them to junior class status at a university in the fall.

Marshalltown High School seniors Jacqueline Wahl and Joshua Arment have been taking dual credit classes through Marshalltown Community College since they were a freshman and sophomore, respectively. The result of that extra effort will be that they graduate with a two-year, 64-credit Associate of Arts degree from MCC on May 4, three weeks prior to their high school graduation ceremony!

Jacqueline is the daughter of Tom and Anne Wahl, and Joshua is the son of Brad and Chris Arment.

At today’s MCC tuition/fee rate of $194 per credit, the value of an AA degree is $12,416. Best of all for students, the high school pays for the credits because the students are also earning high school credit (dual credits) for the courses, which are taught by college instructors. That means Jacqueline and Joshua can attend a four-year college or university in Fall 2018 having already completed their freshman and sophomore courses free of charge!

Jacqueline says she’s undecided about where she’ll attend college in the fall, but she plans to transfer her MCC credits and work toward a bachelor’s degree in International Relations Law. “The possibility of completing the AA degree kind of fell into place for me in my junior year,” she says. “Once I decided that it would be possible, I just went for it.”

In addition to taking college-level coursework in high school, Jacqueline has stayed busy with band, History Day competitions, and a variety of other interests.

Joshua plans to transfer his MCC credits to Iowa State University in the fall, where he’ll work on a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and Cybersecurity. He started taking college computer science and engineering classes as a sophomore. “Taking the college classes early has made me much more comfortable with the more difficult subject matter and study habits required for college,” he says. “And I’ve still had time to pursue my other computer-related interests outside of the classroom.”

High school students and parents interested in learning more about Dual Credit coursework can visit with a high school guidance counselor or go to the Marshalltown Community College website and look at Academics, College Credit for High School Students.

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