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BGM senior completes college degree before high school graduation!

Miya McAntire

DOUBLE GRADUATION – Miya McAntire will graduate from Marshalltown Community College with an Associate in Arts degree prior to her graduation from BGM High School on May 20. Taking dual credit classes in high school has saved her $12,416 and elevated her to junior class status at Clarke University in the fall.

Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom (BGM) High School senior Miya McAntire has accomplished a rare feat. She began taking dual credit classes through Marshalltown Community College during her freshman year in high school, and that extra effort will be rewarded when she graduates with a two-year Associate of Arts degree from MCC on May 4, just over two weeks prior to her high school graduation ceremony!

Miya is the daughter of Sandy McAntire of Chelsea and Tim Talley of Texas.

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 students are also earning high school credit (dual credits) for the courses, which are taught by college instructors. That means Miya can attend a four-year college or university in Fall 2018 having already completed her freshman and sophomore courses free of charge!

Miya explains, “My friend’s father encouraged both of us to enroll in the dual credit courses, and my mom really encouraged me to stick with them and take more throughout my high school career. I found them to be really fun and interesting. I was still able to play club soccer, as well as high school soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball during high school, and have time for lots of other activities and friends.”

Miya was named a Ruritan Rising Senior and is President of the BGM Student Council. She’s also in National Honor Society, Art Club, has participated in high school musicals and plays, and works two part-time jobs. She was also inducted into PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) of Iowa Valley Grinnell her sophomore year.

Miya plans to attend Clarke University in Dubuque in the fall where she will play soccer. While there, she plans to pursue a double major in Biochemistry and Psychology to give her a competitive and academic advantage before pursuing a PhD in Physical Therapy.

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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