Booker T. Washington offers ‘Early College’ program –

Shreveport, LA – Students at Booker T. Washington are getting a head start on there college careers by receiving a associates degree by the time they graduate high school.

With a merger that is still unsettling for some  from fair park high school and Booker T. Washington there is a silver lining.

Students can potentially graduate with a high school diploma and an associates degree from SUSLA.

A Senior Shamodre Green says, “I’m actually happy.”

Dr. Kristi Young, BTW principal  says “this is a great experience it’s no cost to parents so those students who graduate with an associate they may chose to go on to a four year school and may start college as a junior.”

This two track pilot program will kick start the college careers of high school students who thought college wasn’t fees able.

Saundra Gham, duel enrollment coordinator  “we customize the program to address the needs of the students that will be going to Booker T. Washington as well as Woodlawn high school”

25 students are signed up for the program and will be taking classes in the new Jackson building on SUSLA campus.

“Fair Park didn’t offer any college duel enrollment programs but now that fair park has merged over to B-T now that we have them its good.” said Shamodre Green, senior “I’ll already have those classes up under my belt, which will make my college year go more smoother.”

Shamodre says the  psychology and mass communication classes he will be taking at SUSLA will give him a jump start at southern university in Baton Rouge.

Students will be taking six hours per semester seniors will graduate with 12 credit hours and juniors with 24 credit hours that will transfer to any public university or state college in Louisiana.

Dr. Goree, Superintendent said “they do see opportunities like early college in high school as being things that make the merger worth it in the end.”

The duel enrollment program has been offered for 13 years in Caddo Parish.

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