June 3, 2015
Dual Degree Grads Receive Diplomas
The students began dual credit classes at their respective high schools and earned enough hours to receive an Associate Degree in General Studies.
"The growth of the Dual Credit and Dual Degree programs at Alvin Community College is exciting, to say the least," said ACC Dual Credit Director Akilah Martin.
There were 59 graduates this year, the most ever for the Dual Degree program.
The 2014-15 graduates from Alvin High School are: Nikki Cruz, Raven Deweese, Bryan Easton, Michaela Eixman, Jenifer Esquivel, Kelsey Flores, Carlos Garcia, Connor Hansen, Rain Mosis and Madeline Stickler. The Manvel High School graduates are: Yessi Altamirano, Patsyjoyce Arenas, Francheska Durias, Noah Garza, Sherin John, Aaron Knight, Cassandra Little, Jessica Lopez, Olufisayo Olowe, Yohana Ortiz, Nicholas Sutter, Carl Trube, and Colton Valis. Two honorary degrees were awarded in memory of Joshua Rodriguez and Sara Silvas. Pearland High School student graduate was Hollie Huddleston. Turner High School graduates included: Kayla Barsch, Alisa Bartlett, Morgan-Ashli Cantu, Jose Del Bosque, Janie Diaz, Analysa Edmiston, Adelita Garcia, Andrea Garza-Elizondo, Victoria Gillis, Antonia Guerra, Shahzad Kalloo, Kelleyeanne Kelley, Kaija McCallister, Saul Montalvo, Jordane Navarrete, Jose Navarrete, Alexander Orsak, Jerrin Philip, Julianna Puffer, Noor Said, Justin Smith, Amanda Stewart, Michael Streeter, Souchhoung Teng, Charles Tran, Jane Tran, Emma Vorholt, Cameron Wilson, Braxton Wood, Amanda Zenteno, Caitlin Zimmerman and Kourtney Zuniga. Homeschool student Braydon Hammonds also received his Dual Degree.
Students seeking dual degrees have increased dramatically since ACC's first dual degree grad, Thomas Schuenemann, in 2008. There are now more than 1,100 students enrolled in the program at six area campuses.
Most dual graduate students start taking their college credit courses as freshmen, attending them at high school and at the ACC campus during the summer. Advisors say it takes a lot of work and the students have to stay on task.
"Participation in the Dual Degree program takes commitment and perseverance," Martin said. "Students are taking high school and college courses, and are often involved in extra-curricular activities. However, because of their determination to achieve the Associates in General Studies, these students take courses during the school year, and dedicate portions of their summer to take courses as well. Their success is evident by the continued increase of Dual Degree graduates each year"
Students also have to work with their advisors to make sure they are taking the right courses, she said.
"Our Dual Degree students possess practical time management skills, efficient study habits, and the tenacity to excel and achieve their goals," says Martin. "Students and parents are saving money, students are earning college credit, and ACC is at the hub of it all," Martin said.