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AHEAD OF HER CLASS: Newman student planning to graduate college before high school

Newman Catholic student on pace to get her associate's degree before getting her high school diploma.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2018 2:16 PM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 8:02 AM
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MASON CITY, Iowa - Brena Hamilton is on pace to earn a college degree before a high school one. Hamilton is taking college classes at North Iowa Area Community College, leading her to graduate college before graduating high school at Newman Catholic High School.
Her determination to earn college credits while in high school has her geared up to receive her associate's degree before getting her high school diploma. Hamilton says she was inspired in second grade to do so after one her dad's students did the same thing, and now she's still trying to process that she's almost reached her goal.
“At first, I was just like taking a bunch of classes and getting through then my dad was like, 'wow, you're going to actually do this, get this done.' It was really surreal, I guess,” Hamilton said.
When it comes to post-secondary education classes, high schoolers taking classes on college campus or online, Riverland has 1,158 students currently enrolled.
RCTC has 833 enrolled in PSEO classes. As for NIACC, they have 1,122 high school students taking college credits but they no longer classify them as PSEO classes. Instead, they call them concurrent courses.

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