ESCC makes big opportunity for high school students

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) -- Looking to get a head start on college courses and at a lower price? Enterprise State Community College is now helping its dual enrollment students in a big way.

The ESCC Foundation recently approved over $12,000 towards their dual enrollment students.

Meaning come fall 100 students will be able to take a college course, free of charge.

"The foundation is always supporting Enterprise State Community College and this was just another way or an example for them to support our students," Ann Kelley, Instructional Resource and Community Education Director at ESCC said.

This semester alone, ESCC had 465 students signed up in dual enrollment classes. 35% of those students didn't receive state funding.

"They are providing funds to help dual enrollment students who are taking academic classes. We have funding for students going into the career tech paths but we did not have any scholarships or any funds to help those students to just go straight academic route," Kelley said.

With the $12,500 dual enrollment funding provided by the ESCC foundation. Students throughout ESCC's service area will get the financial support they need.

"That is huge because I have a twin sister and we're both going to college so even dual enrollment classes at a junior college are still pretty pricey and the fact that they're giving us funding to help front that on some families is really nice," Tayler Boynton, senior in high school said.

Giving those the opportunity who couldn't before, a head start on their college careers.

"You're still in high school but it also gets you a peek of what college life is like before you just jump right into it as soon as you graduate. Get a head start on my basics in college that way when I come to the community college I'll only have to spend about a year here before I transfer to a university," Grace Long, senior in high school said.

And they hope to offer more opportunities to students wanting to receive both high school and college credit.

"We hope to expand, we hope the foundation continues to provide us the funding and the funding continues to grow to be able to get more scholarships out there to the students," Kelley said.

Now the students who receive the grant funds will be chosen by the high school they attend.

Students can also reapply for the grant each year... as long as they remain in high school and meet requirements.

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