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On Thursday, Frankfort Independent Schools and Kentucky State University announced an ambitious plan of graduating students with both a high school diploma and a college degree or trade certificate. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school calendar, students attending Frankfort High can take courses at Kentucky State University, free of charge. Their goal is to have 75% of their graduates walk across the stage to receive their diploma and as much as an associates degree in one of five career paths. Those earned college credits can also be transferable to other institutions of higher learning, for students wishing to pursue a higher degree. The classes will be part of a new Early College Academy and offer over 14 courses.

The career pathways offered thus far include STEM+ (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), liberal arts, agriculture, health science (including nursing), teaching, and computer science. The courses will be taught by a combination of FIS and KSU staff.

Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown recalled his own high school experience. He spoke of this program specifically benefiting the “academically forgotten middle”, average students who do not take advanced placement courses in an attempt to further their education post graduation.

This opportunity will give students ” two years of college tuition that you just won’t have to pay for”, according to Brown.

With the rapid advancement of technology, the goal of this endeavor is to give kids an education and skills that cannot be easily replaced by technology.

For the full announcement and more information, click HERE or on the video below.

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