News 12 This Morning / Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- It's a new program for high school students to get college credit, but it's not your typical dual enrollment program.
It's called Fox Creek Academic and Technical Program. The students spend half the day on this campus and half the day on Aiken Tech's. When they graduate, they are already ready to get a job.
"I just think like I'm getting a jump on the whole college experience and getting a career started earlier on that most people would," said student Evan Steedly.
He is one of five students participating in the program.
"There's more freedom than a high school class and it's just different," he said.
He spends half his day at Fox Creek and half at Aiken Tech working toward a degree in welding.
"It's a great experience to take in and start getting your degree faster and be able to progress and do things that normal high school students wouldn't be able to do," Steedly said.
The program offers 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to get two years' credit toward a technical degree in welding, HVAC or medical sciences.
"When they graduate from here, they'll have enough to be able to be employed in an entry-level position in any of those fields and if they want to go for an extra year at Aiken Technical College, they can finish out their degree that would normally take two, two and a half years, sometimes three," said Fox Creek Program Coordinator Ian Bramhall.
"I think it's a good program to be in when you're in 11th and 12th grade, because by the time you graduate, you'll get out into real life," added student Bryce Rutland.
He is also participating in the welding program, looking toward the future.
"It's high demand when I get out of school you got all these nuclear plants that need welders," he said.
This is the first year Fox Creek has offered the program and the school is hoping it will continue to grow in the upcoming years.
The program is mainly male dominated, but they are hoping to add more technical areas of study over the next few years that will attract more girls to the program.