Northeast Alabama Community College is pleased to announce that two dual enrollment students will be among the 200 graduates who will receive two-year degrees on May 17 at the College’s 50th Commencement. Both will receive high school diplomas and college degrees this May.
The students are Emma Winkels of Henagar and Lexus Eyman of Fort Payne. Winkels learned of dual enrollment through an article she had read about another community college student who had obtained her high school diploma and an AS degree in the same semester. After that, she made it her goal to achieve the same feat. Eyman learned about dual enrollment through her school and classmates who were already involved. “Fort Payne High School held a meeting for students who might be interested in earning college credit,” she said. “They introduced dual enrollment and early enrollment more in depth than what my classmates explained it as.”
"We certainly commend Emma and Lexus for their accomplishment," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. "We are proud of them and our dual enrollment program. The program is one that offers advantages to everyone involved -- the student first of all, their families, area high schools, and of course the college. It is a great program and we appreciate the support we get for it, particularly from our local school high schools."
Winkels is a homeschooled student and will graduate Northeast with a transfer degree and a 3.955 grade point average. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta (Treasurer), Sigma Kappa Delta (Treasurer), and the Yearbook Staff at Northeast. She is an All Alabama/All USA Academic Team nominee and will receive the SGA Student Service Award at this year’s Awards Day Ceremony. She is also a 2016 President’s Cup Nominee. Her involvement in SKD gave her the opportunity to moderate a panel at the National Sigma Tau Delta conference in Minneapolis in March of this year. She had the opportunity to attend the Appalachian Regional Commission: Transforming the Region’s Economy Conference. Winkels has been accepted into Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business where she will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After that, she plans to pursue graduate degrees in both accounting and finance. “Eventually, I would like to open a small financial services firm in Scottsboro, Alabama,” she said. “NACC helped shape my career goals. Before NACC, I had the ‘I cannot wait to leave here’ mentality. After attending and being immersed in all of the activities, I see the opportunities within my own community. I doubt that a financial services firm in Scottsboro would be my ambition, if I had not attended NACC.” Winkels explained that she has participated in so many things at NACC and received so many opportunities, she never really felt like a dual enrollment student. She stated, “I would not have been able to achieve this graduation milestone without the love and support of my family.” She also enjoys reading and photography. “I like to venture out and try new things,” she concluded.
Eyman is a Fort Payne High School senior who will graduate from Northeast with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Office Administration and a 3.5 grade point average. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta at Northeast. Eyman will transfer to Jacksonville State University where she received the Presidential Scholarship. She enjoys playing soccer at Fort Payne High School and loves to hike, rock climb, paint, and draw.
“I have always challenged myself in school by choosing the more difficult courses,” explained Eyman. “By participating in this program, I have truly benefited. The DE courses have helped me in so many ways. I have noticed my comprehension levels changed. I also have noticed that my writing, mathematical, English, science, and history skills have really progressed. I have also seen a change in my organizational skills and preparation skills. By participating in larger classes, I have become more comfortable and more social. Overall, the DE courses have really shaped me as a student.”
The dual enrollment program at Northeast allows high school students to enroll at Northeast and earn credits for a high school diploma and for a postsecondary degree. The dual enrollment program is open to all students meeting the requirements as outlined in the NACC catalog, on the NACC website at www.nacc.edu and in the college’s App. Dual enrollment enriches course opportunities and academic rigor for high school students. It provides scholarship opportunities with four-year schools based upon successful completion of college courses, shortens the time to attain a college degree, and provides students with college credit that is transferable. Grades earned through dual enrollment will become part of a student’s permanent high school record and collegiate transcripts.
Dean of Student Services, Sherie Grace commented “We are very proud of Emma and Lexus for their accomplishments. Dual enrollment is a great opportunity for high school students and they are both great examples of what high school students can achieve.”
“Dual enrollment courses helped me to become a better-rounded student,” said Winkels. “I was being taught by instructors who were passionate about their field. They helped me to develop a deeper appreciation for each subject. The classes gave me exposure to all subjects, which has allowed me to make a more informed decision about my major.”
“I would highly recommend dual enrollment to any high school student,” offered Winkels. “Dual enrollment gives you a head start on the future. It also provides many opportunities to be involved and it can help a student make valuable, beneficial connections.”
Eyman said, “If you have the choice to do it, definitely do it. I highly recommend participating in this program to anyone. I have absolutely loved the two years I’ve spent here and enjoyed the courses I have taken. Sometimes the thought of college can scare students away from participating. It almost scared me away, but I promise it isn’t scary. It can be very overwhelming at first because it’s new, but you can adjust really quickly. Now, DE courses aren’t like high school classes, you really have to work hard and study. But anyone can do it. By participating in DE, you are getting ahead in your education and knocking out courses that you would have to take later on. It’s very beneficial to get that done now and graduate earlier than you would if you didn’t participate.”
“My DE experience at Northeast has been great,” added Eyman. “Within the two years I’ve spent at NACC, I have established great relationships with friends and even instructors. I have met some wonderful people here and I have made a lot of good memories. This program has introduced me to a lot of great things other than just education that has impacted me overall. I’m really glad I participated and I wouldn’t trade these two years for anything.”
NACC’s graduation will be held in Rainsville at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center on Highway 75. It will begin at 7 PM. Special keynote speaker for the event will be Mrs. Brenda Standridge, future Site Manager of the Google Widow’s Creek Data Center in Jackson County.
For more information about dual enrollment, contact Staci Miller at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2225, or by email at email@example.com.