Cheyenne Vincent, a senior at Scottsboro High School, began her college career the summer of 2017 right before going into her junior year of high school. As she crosses the stage to receive her high school diploma, she will be walking with 62 college credit hours. This opportunity has been made available to her through Northeast Alabama Community College’s dual enrollment program. Cheyenne will be one of the first in Jackson County to obtain both high school and college diplomas in the same month.
The dual enrollment program allows high school students to begin their college courses while still in high school. Dual enrollment allows students to receive both high school and college credit for a college course taught at the high school, online, or on the NACC campus during the fall, spring, or summer term.
“Dual enrollment is an extremely beneficial program that gives high school students a head start on college and their careers,” said NACC President David Campbell. “The college recognizes the positive impact of this program and continues to expand and support dual enrollment with Scottsboro, Jackson County, and area schools.”
Since Vincent was able to advance through Northeast Alabama Community College’s Dual Enrollment program, she will be transferring to Athens State University this fall on the Athenian Excellence Scholarship. While at Athens State, Vincent will pursue a degree in Elementary Education. Her goal is to become an elementary teacher and to make a difference in as many lives as possible.
“My mind still hasn’t grasped the fact that this is actually happening,” Vincent said. “I cannot believe I will be walking at two graduations.”
Not only has Vincent excelled academically at NACC and at SHS, but she has also maintained two jobs, been a member of the SHS swim team, and is involved with FTA and FCCLA. She was also selected to be in Jackson County Youth Leadership. At NACC, she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta honor society and Sigma Kappa Delta honor society.
“Thanks to NACC, I’ve already knocked two years out of my four-year program,” Vincent said. “I was able to enroll, and complete classes required for my degree. My dual enrollment advisor, Staci Miller has been there every step of the way. I highly recommend this route to all eligible students.”
“We are tremendously grateful for the connection between Scottsboro High School and NACC through the dual enrollment program,” Scottsboro City Schools Superintendent Jay Reyes said. “This has allowed many of our students to get a head start in their educational career. Cheyenne Vincent is a great example of the possibilities.”
Vincent said she is thankful for her friends and family who have been keeping her motivated and encouraged her to always go above and beyond.
“My close friends and family know of every accomplishment and I am thankful for them and everything they have done,” she said.
She said two of her dual enrollment instructors, Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Wade have been making sure she stayed on track.
Mr. Brad Dudley, former principal of Scottsboro High School recognized Cheyenne as a remarkable student.
“As Cheyenne’s former Principal at Scottsboro High and now as a member of the Northeast Alabama Community College team, I am so proud to see Cheyenne accomplish this goal. I met with her and her mother along with members of our staff at SHS when she was outlining a course to do this. She has shown a tremendous amount of dedication, perseverance and self-discipline in reaching this milestone from both institutions,” Dudley said. “I might also add that she not only completed requirements for graduation at both places, but she was also a member of the SHS Swim Team and other co-curricular activities while doing it. I think her accomplishments will help pave the way for other students to realize that there are more avenues to get a great education than ever before, if they are willing to work for it.”
For more information about dual enrollment at NACC, contact Staci Miller, dual enrollment advisor, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Article and photo submitted by Edy Aguilar.