Early College Program to Enable Accelerated Degrees in Danville | Local News

A new partnership will help some Danville students earn an associate degree days before graduating from high school.

On Thursday, the Danville School Board approved an early college education program put in place by central office staff and Danville Community College. This is an accelerated academic program – for students who are planning to enter a four-year college eventually.

DCC President Dr. Muriel Mickles says students can earn an advanced high school diploma and an associate of arts and sciences degree in liberal arts at the same time.

“This is an opportunity for students to complete their freshman and sophomore years in college while still in high school,” Mickles told the school board.

Classes will be taught on the DCC campus by DCC professors. City schools will provide bus service to and from classrooms.

Students will be required to complete all first-year coursework in the program before being allowed to take courses for their second year. They must maintain at least a “C” average in mathematics and biology before continuing the course sequence.

Attendees will still be eligible for all extracurricular activities at their home school. They will also have lunch with other high school students.

School board member Charles McWilliams says it will save families time and money. “I think it’s a great program. I think this will benefit kids who want to start college early and save on two years of college. It’s a big deal here,” McWilliams said.

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