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College-bound kids in town

As a new group of students enters Trident Tech (TTC) classes this year, they look to their more experienced peers for advice. The junior class successfully completed 729 dual credits for the college in the spring of 2019. 

“The ECHS partnership helps Trident Technical College meet its mission to make a college education accessible to all,” TTC dean Amy Huddock said. 

However, the transition from high school to college classes is not always an easy one for students and will require an adjustment period for the sophomores. 

“I don’t want to say it feels overwhelming, but it feels like a lot,” sophomore Kyle Singleton, who is enrolled in Trident’s IDS class this quarter, said. “I appreciate the offer the school has given us.”

Although juniors had to learn to adjust to the rigor of college classes last year, several found the experience to be rewarding.

“My favorite college class I’ve taken was when we took Psychology last year,” junior Shea Cox said. “It was my favorite because I got to learn how the human mind works which has always been a very interesting thing to me.”

Now in their second year as college students, the juniors have become accustomed to “the Early College High School Way” and are now a helpful resource for newcomers. 

“Don’t slack off, do your work when its assigned, junior Stanford Summers said. “I’m not kidding. Things will snowball real, real quickly, so just do your work.”

Looking ahead, Early College hopes to not only become a successful program school, but also to grow its relationship with Trident Tech.

“I think we have an impressive program, and as we move, I anticipate great things,” Huddock said. “I would like to see our partnership result in one of the best Early College programs in the country.”

As the first dual credit students prepare to graduate with their Associates Degree next year, they will know that these struggles were worth it. 

“It’s stressful, but when you get done with what you need to get done, you end up with something that a lot of people don’t have,” Summers said. “It is work, but I’m willing to do it.”