Dual enrollment student tells Board of Regents she’s well positioned for college success…
Georgia (May 21, 2014) —
Dual enrollment student tells Board of Regents she’s well positioned for college success
Chiara Grady is graduating this month from Cartersville High School but, as a “Move On When Ready” student in Kennesaw State’s Dual Enrollment Honors Program, she already has completed two years of college coursework and immersed herself in an active campus life.
At the May 20 meeting of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, she stood poised, describing her experience in the program, why she preferred dual enrollment over loading up on high school AP courses, and why she chose Kennesaw State. She was among three students in similar programs at other Georgia institutions invited to address the Regents.
“I took two AP classes, but I wanted the full college experience – to jump-start my postsecondary education,” said Grady, who applied for the program when she was only a sophomore. “I knew enrolling in a program like this would make college more economical. It has been a wonderful experience. I have become much more outgoing.”
Choosing Kennesaw State’s Dual Enrollment Honor’s Program also was a no-brainer for Grady: Both her brother and sister attended Kennesaw State.
As a two-year participant in Move on When Ready – one of two state-funded dual enrollment programs – Grady was required to attend college fulltime. The program pays full tuition for enrolled students. She is the only dually enrolled honors student at Kennesaw State to participate in the Move on When Ready program in both her junior and senior high school years.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, 298 high school students were dually enrolled at Kennesaw State. Katherine Kinnick, director of the University’s Dual Enrollment Honors Program, said she expects that to climb to nearly 400 for fall 2014.
“Most of the juniors in the dual enrollment program come here part time,” said Kinnick. “Chiara knew she wanted to attend college fulltime, so Move on When Ready was the right program for her. That, as well as her volunteer work as a DEHP Ambassador who speaks at local high school recruiting events, made her an excellent choice to represent the program at the Board of Regents meeting.”
Grady will return to Kennesaw State this fall to double major in finance and economics. She has completed 17 courses and earned 51 college credits through the dual enrollment program.
While Chiara remains connected to her high school through clubs and social events, she has moved full steam into her life as a college student, becoming active in a national service sorority, joining the equestrian team and serving as a Relay for Life captain in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. She says it doesn’t bother her that she missed her senior prom, since she already experienced prom in her freshman, sophomore and junior years.
“Some of my high school friends think I’m trying to be cool [by going to college full time],” she said. “They just don’t understand how good it is.”
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.