Students earn Associate degrees before high school graduation

Students earn Associate degrees before high school graduation

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Savannah Keck has been working on two graduation wardrobes for walking in two different ceremonies this spring.

"One that is gray for CMA, then one that is black with yellow and blue for Pellissippi State," said Keck.

Keck is in the first graduating class of Knox County's four-year-old Career Magnet Academy. She is the first of that group to also earn her Associate of Science degree at the same time from Pellissippi State Community College.

Principal Leanne Hawn of Career Magnet Academy praised the graduating student, "She works really hard in class. She works really hard to be involved in Pellissippi. She is just an incredible person as well as a great student."

Knox County is working in partnership with the community college to allow students access to technology, smaller class sizes and early starts toward careers.

Dr. Mike North is the dean at the PSSC Strawberry Plains campus and said, "What I really like seeing is that Knox County is trying different things, and that they're putting students and giving students opportunities in different situations where they can thrive."

Anderson County Schools also had several students graduate from Roane State Community College this year with full Associate degrees while also graduating from Clinton and Anderson County High schools.