Every great dream begins with a dreamer

Story by: Gerell LawhorneStudent Journalist

On May 8, a dream became a reality for seventeen Fairfield School District STEM students (Cohort 2) who graduated from Midlands Technical College with associate of science degrees or certificates in general college studies. These students received college degrees before receiving their high school diplomas. Those receiving associate degrees will leave Fairfield Central with at least two years of college credit that are accepted by four-year institutions throughout the state and nation. This gives the graduates a two-year head start and saves them tens of thousands of dollars toward a four-year degree.

According to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J.R. Green, other school districts have since implemented similar dual-credit programs, but Fairfield was was the first. All the classes are taught on the campus of Fairfield Central High School during the regular school day and students don’t have to pay to participate in the program. These students will receive their high school diplomas on June 8.