Upper Marlboro students to earn college degree upon high school graduation

September 27, 2017 by  

Students at the Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro recently started the new academic year, with 62 students in the freshman class in a position to earn their high school diploma and an associate’s college degree.

The Maryland Department of Education has chosen six new Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools in Allegheny County, Baltimore, and Prince George’s County, and these students are among the first to enrol in this program.

Community colleges in the respective areas partner with these Pathways schools to enable students to take college courses while in high school so that upon graduation, they have either professional certifications or an associate’s degree. The students then have the choice to continue their educations at four-year colleges or enter the work force early.

Once students have completed the program, it means mentoring, internships and the promise that they will be first-in-line for job openings will also be offered by corporate sponsors of the program.

Funds for the program come from the Department of Education for Maryland, which is providing $750 per student each year, with matching grants from the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Booklet printing companies can be used by schools such as these to print materials outlining new programs, types of degrees offered, and their available corporate sponsorships.