Austin High student to receive college diploma before graduation

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A student will graduate from Calhoun Community College… before graduating from high school.

Lucas Hasting, 18, will attend Calhoun’s graduation ceremony at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on May 12, but how did he do it?

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As I sat in my freshman advanced English class at Decatur High School, our teacher told us that representatives from Calhoun Community College wanted to talk to us. The rep explained how we could go to college while going to school at the same time. I was already enrolled in AP classes, but this was different. They explained that the college courses we take could be used to earn a degree and that not only could I graduate from high school with an advanced degree with my AP classes, but I could also receive a college degree. At that time, I was sold.

Lucas Hasting

Calhoun’s Dual Enrollment Program gives eligible high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses at the same time as their high school classes, taking them to their high school or to one of Calhoun’s campuses, receiving credits in Calhoun and their high school.

“We cannot stress enough to parents and students the importance and vitality of understanding what a great program this is. Not only are you helping your child progress, but they could enter the workforce with a well-paying career at 18 and little or no student loan debt at all,”

Gwen Baker, Director of Dual Enrollment at Calhoun Community College

Hasting began his Calhoun journey in the summer of 2020 with a free course in the Python computer programming language. While Calhoun said Hasting was initially unsure what he wanted to major in, he decided to pursue a degree in computer information systems after completing a research paper for a high school class.

The degree was a good fit with Hasting’s passion for cybersecurity.

I knew how important this would be not only for my high school goals, but also for my future career in cybersecurity. So I set aside time throughout the day to focus on completing my college assignments for the week ahead of time and tracked all other tasks by keeping lists

Lucas Hasting

Although things started off easy, Hasting said it got harder once he started his freshman year of high school.

I would say the hardest part was when I entered my freshman year of high school and had to take AP Computer Science A, which required more work outside of class. It became difficult to juggle these projects, but I am proud to say that I succeeded. »

Lucas Hasting

Two weeks after graduating with an associate of applied science degree with a concentration in cybersecurity and information technology, Hasting will once again participate in Austin High’s May 24 ceremony at Austin High Football Stadium.

For more information on Calhoun’s Dual Enrollment Program, visit the Calhoun website.


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