By high school graduation, 17-year-old Lakeview High School senior Camryn Truex will have earned an estimated 18 college credits at Kellogg Community College. That’s thanks to high-school dual-enrollment opportunities that allow high school students to take college classes at KCC for credit while still in high school.
Below, Truex answers some questions about her dual-enrollment experience and offers advice for future dual-enrolled high school students.
What classes are you currently taking at KCC?
Currently taking Intro to Communication and Intro to Anthropology.
What is your major or goal for after KCC? What career do you want to go into?
After KCC I want to attend a four-year university with a degree in public health and then extend my education to become a physician’s assistant.
Why did you decide to dual-enroll at KCC while in high school?
I decided to do dual-enrollment to not only save money in college but to get some of my basic required classes out of the way. This way I can start my career sooner. I also like working on my own schedule and online dual-enrollment classes help me do that.
What has been your favorite class at KCC and why?
My favorite class was Intro to Psychology. I already took AP Psychology at my high school but it gave me more knowledge and really sparked my interest in the medical field.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at KCC?
The most interesting thing I’ve learned was not taught to me in a classroom; it was actually the process of how college works. I feel like it’s going to be very valuable to me to have these skills next year when I’m at college.
What advice do you have for future dual-enrolled high school students?
I would say to future dual-enrollment students that if you are able to hold yourself accountable for doing work, this is perfect for you. But the professors will not push you to finish assignments like in a high school setting, so you need to be prepared for that.
Spring semester classes at KCC begin Jan. 18. High school students interested in dual-enrolling at KCC this winter and spring should contact their high school counselor today for more information.