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5 Reasons to Start College and Careers in High School

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Why wait until the caps fly at graduation to get started on your college education or dream career? Students at Colorado Springs School District 11 are jumping ahead of the pack with classes at the Early College High School and Career Pathways programs.

At CSSD11's Early College High School on the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus students can earn an associate degree or up to two years of college credit, at no cost to them, while in high school. Students seeking career training in a particular vocation select from varied Career Pathways programs, from cybersecurity to nursing.

“Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers are excited to grow students to be their best selves,” Aurora Umana-Arko, principal of Early College High School, says. “Students enjoy a rigorous and relevant education whether they choose ‘college for high school credit' courses or the exciting Career Pathways program of education and training in automotive, cybersecurity, health sciences, hospitality and sustainable agriculture.”

Here are just some of the benefits of D-11's career and college programs:

1. Stay competitive in the college and job markets
With the current economic climate and more students going to a university every year, it's crucial for students to remain competitive. So stay ahead of the curve with the curriculum at Early College High School and Career Pathways and build a foundation for a successful future.


2. Save money on college
It's no secret that college is more expensive than ever. Early College High School students can graduate with their high school diploma and an associate's degree or up to 60 hours of “guaranteed transfer” college credit – for free.

3. Learn from top-notch instructors
All of the teachers at Early College High School have at least a master's degree and are adjunct faculty at Adam's State University and Pike's Peak Community College. The classes are also small enough to allow instructors to give individual attention to every student.

4. Find your passion – today
Want to be a teacher, start your own business or work in the automotive business? The Career Pathways programs allow students to pursue their passions in the automotive, culinary/hospitality, medical, educational or cyber-security industries.

5. Get a unique, tailored education
The Early College High School and Career Pathways program is all about choice. Whether a student chooses the path towards university or wants to start their career, the staff at Early College High School stands ready to make sure each student's education is tailored accordingly. It's a high school with a small, diverse population of students who are ready and willing to work hard and be challenged.

Find out more detailed information about Early College High School and Career Pathways at informational meetings on June 30, July 14, July 28 and August 11 at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus Mini-Auditorium from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Call (719) 328-2030 to schedule a counselor appointment and visit D-11's Early College High School website, http://earlycollege.d11.org, to view the course catalog and learn more about the programs.

This article was produced for and sponsored by Colorado Springs School District 11. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.



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