Graduating from high school and college at the same time is a big advantage in more ways than one.
The College Credit Plus (CCP) program is expanding the opportunities for many Ohio students in grades 7-12. The program allows qualified students the option to earn college credit while still attending high school at the same time. Students can get a head start on their college education, some even earning enough credits for an associate degree, which saves thousands in college tuition as well as enabling them to get out into the work force sooner.
Chatfield College has numerous examples of students who have successfully earned a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. Alex Julian is one of those students.
Alex enrolled at Chatfield College as a CCP student from Fayetteville High School. After graduating from Chatfield in 2015, Alex moved seamlessly into the Graphic Communication Design program (also known as the D.A.P.) at the University of Cincinnati. Now in his second year, he has only one year left to complete the five-year program.
“The general education requirements were pretty much already complete with my associate degree,” said Alex, “so I was able to start taking my program requirements right away.”
In January, he will begin a semester-long co-op as part of his program, working for Allbirds in San Francisco, where he will be a graphic design intern for the newly founded shoe company.
Allbirds is a start up company that sells direct-to-consumer and online-only that put out its first shoe in March: the “Wool Runner,” a simple sneaker made out of a superfine merino wool upper and a sole of rubber and foam polymer.
“I am really excited about the Allbirds internship,” said Alex. “I will be getting real world experience with things like packaging design, websites, bill boards, and branding. Hopefully, this experience will help me get a job when I graduate.”
Alex says that the CCP program and Chatfield College had significant impacts on his education and helped prepare him not only for the path he chose at UC, but his career path as well.
“Chatfield prepared me for the next step in my education,” he said. “Academically, it put me ahead in the program, but it also taught me what to expect of life outside of high school. I attended classes with people of all different ages and backgrounds, so I learned how to interact with people outside of my own experience. I learned that with college, you get out of it what you put into it, and that is how the real world is.”
Alex has some advice to students thinking about the College Credit Plus program.
“You should do it,” he said, “especially if you plan to go to a four-year college. It’s a great stepping stone for the next level.”
Any high school students in grades 7-12 who are interested in the College Credit Plus program should contact their guidance counselors to learn more about the program, deadlines, and how to proceed.
To learn more about the College Credit Plus program at Chatfield College, contact the admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.chatfield.edu/admissions/future-students/college-credit-plus/.