When the Farmington High School Class of 2018 graduates in May, 30 of its members will have already earned their Associate of Arts degree from Mineral Area College as well as a high school diploma
For the last several years, students at the high school have been able to take part in a dual credit program that allows them to earn college credit for classes in math, science and the fine arts – general education requirements.
For a growing number of Farmington students, this allows them to have earned enough college credit hours to have secured their associates degree by the end of their senior year of high school.
For students like senior Matt McElrath, the program will allow him to save money on college tuition, as well as allow him to begin working on his core class block pertaining to his bachelor degree.
“I wanted to knock out as many general education classes as I could, so I could jump start my major and not waste my first two years taking classes I don’t want to take,” McElrath said. “As of now, I will be attending Truman State for a degree in Exercise Training.”
In addition to being able to begin taking classes in their major, students are able to cut down on the cost of their education as well. But for most students, the program is difficult and does require a great deal of work.
“The program is hard,” McElrath said. “But it’s a good hard. It made me actually work harder, but I was still able to get a job. I think, for me at least, it has added to my education.”
For students who want to take advantage of the college dual credit program but who still want to pursue other interest, the school does offer a program for them as well.
The 42-Hour Block program is designed for students to take college credit courses, but instead of receiving an associate degree the student would receive 42 credit hours—greatly reducing the number of general education classes they would be required to take once at a traditional college or university.
For Gracie Trokey, the 42-Hour program was a better fit for her educational plans.
“My original plans was to go for my associate degree,” Trokey said. “I realized it wasn’t a necessity for me, but I did think it would be a good way for me to gear up and get some of my general education classes out of the way.”
Graduating in May with an Associate of Arts will be Dylan Allen, Drew Amsden, Shelby Anderson, Emily Briese, Jason Burnett, Marion Burnette, Taylor Carrow, Abigail Carter, Isabela Clubb, Gavin Cummins, Sarah Doty, Laura Ferguson, Jaiden Grimes, Adrienne Hall, Joshlyn Heberlie, Isabel Holloway, Zoe Johns, Moira Kurtz, Brandon Ladd, Elle Lappe, Sarah Longworth, Matthew McElrath, Thanh Phan, Kim Ramos, Savannah Rippee, Kaia Schott, Zuzu Smugala, Christina Joy Sparks, Hailey Swain and Taylor Tucker.
Among the students who will graduate with the 42-hour block are Kayli Ballew, Hannah Boeckmann, Claire Ferguson, Carly Genenbacher, Kenneth Austin Hall, Megan Maxson, Alexis Roth, Alaina Sanders, SukYi Scott, William Standiford, Emily Tiefenauer and Gracie Trokey.