MHS seniors complete college degree before high school graduation!
Thursday / May 9, 2019
MARSHALLTOWN – Marshalltown High School seniors Jane Ragland and Brenna Porsch 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 10, three weeks prior to their high school graduation ceremony!
Jane is the daughter of Cynthia and Craig Ragland, and Brenna is the daughter of Lisa Hicks.
At today’s MCC tuition/fee rate of $199 per credit, the value of an AA degree is $12,736. Best of all for students and their families, 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 Jane and Brenna can attend a four-year college or university in Fall 2019 having already completed their freshman and sophomore courses free of charge!
In addition, research shows that students who complete an associate degree are more academically successful in their bachelor’s degree studies than students who go straight from high school into a four-year degree program.
Jane and Brenna were both looking for a challenge when they started their classes at MCC. “I’ve enjoyed the dual credit classes and being in the same class as other kids that want to work hard,” commented Jane. “I wanted to push myself even more.”
When asked if she had any advice for high school students looking to take dual credit classes, Brenna said, “Work on time management before you start. If you aren’t ready organized, it will feel like you are being pushed into the deep end.”
After graduation, Brenna plans to attend Purdue University and work toward a degree in Botany. Jane is still deciding between College of William and Mary in Virginia or Elon University in North Carolina.
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.