Milwaukee high school student earned nursing license through college MPS program

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students can earn college credit for free through the M3 College Connections program that began in 2018.

Imunique Triplett was just a sophomore when she started taking college classes at MATC. Now she has her nursing license and has a head start in her career.

“Few people have the opportunity to start college classes while in high school, let alone graduate. It was without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever been part of in my life.” , said Triplette.

Triplett is on the path to success and bigger things at just 18 years old. She is one month away from graduating from high school and recently passed her exam to become licensed and certified as a nurse. All thanks to the M3 College Connections program.

“M3 College Connections is a program that is a partnership between MATC, UWM and Milwaukee Public Schools. It really works to create pipelines for students to start college early,” said James Sokolowski, Engagement Coordinator post-secondary for MPS.

“It was very intimidating at first because I didn’t think I could pull it off, let alone when I really didn’t understand what I was really getting into,” Triplett said.

This opportunity is offered free to all high school MPS students, saving students thousands of dollars in their college education by giving them the opportunity to complete high school graduation requirements while earning university credits.

“Imunique, in particular, has really stepped up to succeed in the program in a way that I hope can be an example for other students,” Sokolowski said.

And it was not easy. She had to find a balance and make some changes to her social life to juggle it all, but she managed it and even finished the program early. She was sworn in and pinned as a nurse in December. She will be attending Marquette in the fall to continue her nursing education on a pre-medical track and hopes other students will take advantage of this opportunity.

“For a lot of us it wasn’t there, and so building those pathways and pipelines for our students as you move into the 21st century is just invaluable,” Sokolowski said. .

“It was extremely helpful. If I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up again,” Triplett said.

And it’s not just nursing, there’s also a program for those who are interested in teaching and education or also a program for students who just want to take general university courses at home. ‘advance.

Recruitment for the program begins shortly after the New Year. There are different requirements for each program.

Sokolowski advises students to speak with their student advisor. He also encourages all students to take advantage of this opportunity and apply. To learn more, Click here.

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