‘Best kept secret’: KSU dual enrollment program gives high schoolers a head start

KENNESAW — Amy Haynes, 20, graduated high school in 2012 and is already a college senior…

Georgia (Jan 5, 2015)KENNESAW — Amy Haynes, 20, graduated high school in 2012 and is already a college senior studying nursing at Kennesaw State University, thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program.


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“I think the dual enrollment program is a great way to combine education with the college experience, and I would highly recommend it,” she said. “KSU is right by our house, so we had very easy access to it. The reason I knew about it is my sister had done it previously, so it was kind of a family tradition, almost.”

In fact, she recommended the program to her younger sister, Emily Haynes, who is currently dual enrolled at Kennesaw State. Both sisters were home-schooled in Kennesaw and were the third and fourth Haynes children to dual enroll at KSU.

“It’s always been a thing for us,” said Emily Haynes, 16, who will be completing high school as a college sophomore with more than 30 credit hours under her belt.

Kennesaw State’s dual enrollment program has been around for about 30 years, according to Katherine Kinnick, the director of the Dual Enrollment Honors Program at KSU.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu