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Houston County Career Academy continues giving students a college education jumpstart

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 5:58 PM CDT
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Tonya Holland helps students launch their careers at Houston County Career Academy (HCCA).

“Some students can start as early as 10th grade if they want to,” said Holland who serves as a career coach at the school.

This semester, HCCA will begin offering two new career technical dual enrollment programs.

One in Aviation through Enterprise State Community College (ESCC). The other in Emergency Medical Services with Wallace Community College (WCC). Each will allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.

“We currently have 19 students in EMS and about 15 students in Aviation,” said Holland.

Jay Harbert is in charge of the Aviation program at ESCC. He says dual enrollment puts students on the fast-track to a career.

“Typically these classes aren’t available until you enter college,” said Harbert, ESCC Aviation Director. “The dual enrollment gives a lot of people an opportunity to enter the industry even earlier and earn those well-paying jobs.”

Also new this year, through a partnership with WCC, the Academy will offer dual enrollment academic courses like History and electives such as Psychology and Computer Science.

“Hopefully when they leave us, they will have either a short certificate in that program where they can immediately go to work or they will be into their two-year college degree hopefully a year ahead advanced into that college degree,” said Holland.

Houston County Career Academy’s dual enrollment programs are open to all high school students in Houston County. To learn more about dual enrollment programs, students can talk with their high school counselors or call the Academy.

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