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STC senior earns college diploma before high school graduation

Larry Werner

DOUBLE GRADUATIONS – Larry Werner will graduate from Marshalltown Community College with a Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma prior to his graduation from STC High School on May 19. Taking dual credit classes in high school has saved him $6,965.

MARSHALLTOWN – South Tama County (STC) High School senior Larry Werner has been taking dual credit classes through Marshalltown Community College since he was  a junior. The result of that extra effort will be that he graduates with a Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma (as well as a Manufacturing Welding Construction Certificate) from MCC on May 10, almost 10 days before he graduates from high school!

Larry is the son of Everett and DeeDee Warner of Tama.

At today’s MCC tuition/fee rate of $199 per credit, the value of the 35-credit Welding diploma is $6,965. 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.

Larry decided to come to MCC after a college visit; he said he could tell right away he loved the program. When asked why he chose welding he said, “I just love welding! After taking Intro to Construction at South Tama, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Larry plans to work for Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 33 in Des Moines, which has served the plumbing and mechanical construction and service industry for more than 125 years. He will start on an apprenticeship and be involved in a five-year program to become a journeyman.

Asked if the challenge of taking high school and college credits at the same time interfered with the rest of his life he said, “I could do the same things I always did and have the same friends. I had plenty of time for both.”

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.

DOUBLE GRADUATIONSLarry Werner will graduate from Marshalltown Community College with a Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma prior to his graduation from STC High School on May 19. Taking dual credit classes in high school has saved him $6,965.

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