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WVU-P helps high school students graduate with college credits

PARKERSBURG — Thirteen area high school students are graduating with college credits as part of a joint program with West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Through WVUP’s Early College program, students had the opportunity to complete their first full year of college while earning their high school diploma.

The Early College program allows eligible high school students to take college-level courses on their school’s campus or at a WVU Parkersburg campus for a reduced tuition rate. To earn a Certificate of Applied Science in General Education, a student must successfully complete 30 credit hours from courses in math, science, English, fine arts and other designated areas of study with a 2.0 or higher overall GPA.

WVU Parkersburg awarded a Certificate of Applied Science in General Education degree to the following Early College students for the Spring 2020 semester:

* St. Marys High School: Peyton Auxier, Hannah Barker, Aiden Cosper, Jocelynn Campbell, Aimee Chambers, Bethany McFarland, Peyton Oliver, Jaden Schofield, William Steele and Mary Taylor.

* Ritchie County High School: Eric Darnold, Andrea Kirk and Garrett Owens.

“Our students have been able to complete 40+ hours of their college education prior to their high school graduation without having to leave our school grounds,” said Shelley Taylor, assistant principal at St. Marys High School. “Most of our students are able to complete their post-secondary coursework in less time than a traditional college student and/or double major without spending extra time and money.”

During the 2019-2020 academic year, nearly 1,000 high school students from 10 area high schools, as well as homeschools, participated in the college’s Early College program.

“The opportunities given to me by not only St. Marys High School, but WVU Parkersburg, have given me the reliable stepping stone I needed to jumpstart my education and future goals,” said Aimee Chambers, a graduating senior at St. Marys High School.

The program is open to all public school districts, private schools and homeschools in the college’s seven-county service region. Tuition for eligible high school students is currently $50 per credit hour, and scholarships may be available for qualifying students.

Officials estimate students can save more than $23,000 in tuition by enrolling in the Early College program and completing their first full year of college while in high school.

For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s Early College program, visit wvup.edu/earlycollege or contact earlycollege@wvup.edu.

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