Sedalia, Missouri – Even though the regal melody of “Pomp and Circumstance” will not be heard at traditional high school graduation ceremonies across the country because of COVID-19, there are six lake area Early College high school students at State Fair Community College who have twice as much to celebrate this spring. Not only will these students receive their high school diplomas but also will receive college degrees because they wisely chose the academic fast track.
The following high school graduates will receive their Associate of Arts degrees (64 credit hours) from SFCC, which prepares students to transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Kenzi Lee Bustamante, Trinity Shea Crouch, Lucas Martin and Emma Grace Salmons from Eldon High School
Haley LeAnn Rector and Shaylee Nichole Skinner from Macks Creek High School
“I wish I could have attended the graduation ceremonies of all our dual credit seniors this year and presented their college diplomas to them in person,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “We are very proud of all our dual credit students and instructors and their supportive parents and high school teachers and counselors. Even though we may not see all of them on our campuses or in our online classes after high school, we are pleased that we can help them achieve their educational and personal goals.”
More than 600 high school students were enrolled in spring Early College (dual credit) classes at SFCC, which was an increase of 27 percent over the previous spring semester. There is a growing trend for high school students to get a jump on their postsecondary careers by taking college classes during high school. Not only do they save time but also money because those same credit hours would cost thousands of dollars more if taken after high school.
Dual credit tuition for any high school student at SFCC is currently $79 per credit hour for on-ground classes or $94 for online. For students who qualify for reduced or free lunch program, dual credit classes at SFCC are free.