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Many 18-year-olds will graduate high school this spring, and thanks to Haywood Early College, some 18-year-olds will graduate high school with an associate’s degree as well.

Haywood Early College, located on the campus of Haywood Community College, provides students with the skills so they can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The way six years of classes can be condensed into a five-year program is a structure that is heavy on class room work and includes very few extracurricular activities. An associate degree is a type of undergraduate degree requiring a minimum of 60 semester credits/units. It is equivalent to the first two years at a university. HEC students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, and upon the program's completion, can transfer to a four-year university with college credits.

“We help assist students in getting their four-year degree,” said Doris Greene, HEC principal and dean of school. “They basically get two years of college here for free and then they transfer to the college of their choice with two years of credit behind them.”


The Mountaineer