Combined college and high school program continues to grow
GONZALES- A River Parishes Community College program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree will have its largest freshman class yet when school begins Aug. 10.
More than 100 ninth-graders have enrolled in what's called the Early College Option program, a partnership of the community college and the Ascension Parish school district.
Early College Option lets public high school students attend the college in Gonzales for all four years of high school while they are still considered enrolled in their home high schools.
Students enroll in the program a year at a time, and will take both high school and college classes. When they graduate, they'll have both a high school diploma and an associate's degree in humanities.