PHS Student Graduating from BRTC Before High School
Parents Holly and Steve Sharp have an extra reason to be proud of their daughter Alaina this graduation season. Not only will Alaina be graduating as a Student of Distinction from Pocahontas High School on May 15, but she also graduated from Black River Technical College with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree on May 7—and was the youngest AA graduate at that graduation. This means Alaina will be graduating from college before she graduates from high school.
Alaina began taking concurrent classes her junior year of high school which allowed her to earn both college and high school credit at the same time. She recommends that every student who plans to attend college take concurrent classes in order to get a head start on college. At this pace, Alaina will be able to earn her master’s degree before she is 23-years-old.
Alaina believes concurrent classes have saved her family money as well as have prepared her for the transition to college fulltime. However, she recommends high school students begin concurrent courses before their junior year. Doing so would have given her more free time, especially during her senior year while also worked as a bank teller at RiverBank.
In the fall Alaina plans to attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville where she will begin working towards her bachelor degree in electrical engineering. She then plans to obtain a Master of Engineering. Alaina also hopes to be awarded an internship at NASA and eventually use her degrees and knowledge to design and invent new technology at NASA.
For more information about concurrent classes at Black River Technical College, contact Sarah Waltermire at (870) 248-4157 or at email@example.com.