How to Earn A College Degree in High School

How to Earn A College Degree in High School


I wanted to talk a little bit
about Montgomery College in a very
general way so I wanted you to know that
Montgomery College is the largest
educational institution in the entire state
of Maryland we serve about 54,000
students every single year and what that
means is that we serve more students than
the University of Maryland we serve
more students than any other
four-year institution in the state
Montgomery College is the only Community
College that has a hospital and it’s in
the country I’m sorry Montgomery
College is the only Community College in
the entire country that houses its own
Hospital well it doesn’t actually belong
to us we’d like to think that but it
actually belongs to Holy Cross the Holy
Cross Hospital is located on our
Germantown campus of Montgomery College and
our students have the opportunity to
go to Holy Cross Hospital do their
rotations there and many of their student
and many of those students end up working
at Holy Cross Hospital so it’s quite a
bonus for us and for the industry which as
you know is in severe shortage of
health professionals so about our
faculty there really isn’t enough that I can
say about the faculty here at Montgomery
College MC has over 500 full time
faculty members and they are all solely dedicated to teaching students
you won’t see a single teaching assistant
in any of our classrooms they’re all
full-time faculty teaching the majority of
our faculty hold doctoral degrees
and you can’t even teach at Montgomery
College without having a master’s degree
or an industry equivalent so they’re
very highly credentialed additionally
a number of Montgomery College
faculty have won the Maryland professor
of the Year award by the Carnegie
Foundation as a matter of fact Montgomery
College won that award seven years in a row
a faculty member for Montgomery
College yeah the other schools don’t
really like that too much but okay so I could go on and on and on
and brag about the quality of Montgomery
College but you’re not here today to
listen to that and you’re here to learn
about a bold new chapter in the history
of Montgomery College and perhaps a
bold new chapter in your own personal
history this partnership between
Montgomery County Public Schools and
Montgomery College you’re going to learn
today that you’re going to learn about
today will offer you an outstanding degree
taught by outstanding faculty in an
outstanding state-of-the-art facility at an outstanding cost wait until you
hear about the cost so I want to
thank you all for being here and I would
like to turn the podium over to Dr.
Genevieve Floyd who is the director of partnerships at Montgomery
County Public Schools [Music] [Applause] Good evening everyone thank you
I’m excited to be here I’m so glad
that so many of you believed it was
important to come tonight to hear about this
option this opportunity Dr. science has
already shared with you some information
about Montgomery College one of the
top community colleges in the nation
and we have been partnering with
Montgomery College for decades but I do
believe that the early college program
is one of the boldest initiatives that
we’ve ever partnered to bring to our
students to bring to our families here in
Montgomery County and definitely one that
students should take advantage of we
started this program two years ago in our
first class entered last year and currently
we have 35 seniors it’s a small class
but then we offered the opportunity to
our 10th graders last year they were
sitting where you’re sitting now and we currently have a hundred and
fifty juniors across all three
campuses working on their associate’s
degree and it’s just a delightful
experience to see them and to see and to hear from
them as well in fact you’re going to
hear from one of our seniors tonight about
his experience this is definitely an
option you want to think carefully
about going to college at such a young age
requires a certain mindset a certain
maturity level it’s a wonderful
opportunity but not all students are geared out
or ready to go to college full time so
it’s important to know your student
it’s important to know what they’re
capable of and what they can accomplish
when it’s an independent study
opportunity and I say that because I want to
make sure it and just being
transparent that you are aware that this is a
rigorous opportunity and students are
treated like college students there are
a lot of supports that we have in place
because they’re still MCPS students and Montgomery College does go above
and beyond to make sure that they
are supported but when the students
are in classrooms in their classroom
the professors will not be calling
the parents and the parents can’t
call the professors it’s a totally
different different experience from being
in high school and I just want to make
sure that you are aware of that it was a great
opportunity and in the brochure it talks about
the benefits that are available to
you the benefits that are available to
the students savings of cause that
saves money it saves time for you and
for the students but they’re also a few
items that I want you to be aware of
so when we offer this opportunity
Montgomery College has done a great job and partnering with our four-year institutions that are in the
state so that students are able to
transfer to one of those four-year
universities and earn their baccalaureate degree
in two years however if you’ve always
dreamed that your child will go away for
college that they will not stay home for
college then I want to encourage you
just to research the college
opportunities that are out there because although
the transfer to a university within
the state is very smooth if your
child is going to California if they’re
going to Harvard if they’re going to one
of these other institutions great
institutions in the nation the transfer policy
differs so I want to make sure you are
aware of that and if you do want them to
go on that you do your due diligence
and researching those kinds of
opportunities it is our hope that all of our
students will stay right here in
Montgomery County going from MCPS to MC to one of
our state universities and remaining
here to be one of the productive
citizens in terms of the workforce and
contributing to this County that is our hope
that is our dream but we’re here to
support you in whatever way that we can I
was looking at the screen here and
you may notice that one of the degree
options that’s missing is the AAT degree
we offered for the last two years
an AAT degree and associates of Arts
and teaching degree with science and
I’m sorry secondary mathematics so
we’re not going to offer that one again
we’ve offered it for two years and we have zero enrollment so
we realized that that’s probably
not one to offer but I do want you to stay
tuned because we’re in conversations
our leaders with Montgomery College
leaders about offering engineering about
offering early childhood education about expanding business opportunities
to different campuses so you’re
gonna hear some more information about the
degree options that are coming and that
are expanding in mid-october when
you get the opportunity to apply so
tonight just listen to the degree options
that are here and that’s Crowley she’s
gonna talk to you about the various
components of early college so that you can
make a very informed decision we’re
gonna be here this evening we’re gonna
stay until all of your questions are
answered and hopefully they will be but if
not please feel free to contact us at any
time on your brochure there’s a list of individuals that you can contact
and we want to make sure that we are
available to you so again we’re going to
be here until the session ends and all
your questions are answered but we
will still be available to you after this
evening so I hope you’re excited and I
hope you’re ready to hear about the opportunities and the options
that are available to you at this time
I’m going to ask miss Crowley to please
come forward she’s the director of
our early college program here at
Montgomery College again thank you for your
time thank you for your presence and
thank you for your attention have a good evening [Applause] Good evening it’s Dr. Floyd says my name is
Amy Crowley and I am the interim
director of academic initiatives and I
coordinate the early college program for
Montgomery College so we are prepared to
provide you with a good deal of
information about the early college programs
and about the programs that are
currently being offered at the Rockville
campus so the early college program is
a partnership between Montgomery
College Montgomery County Public Schools
and it provides an opportunity for
students from all 25 high schools to come
to the college campus and complete
their high school graduation requirements
while at the same time pursuing an
associate’s degree at Montgomery College
students will take college classes to
fulfill their MCPS high school diploma requirements while also
fulfilling their college requirements so some of
the classes that they take will only
the fulfilling college degree
requirements while other classes that
students take will fulfill both the Diploma requirement for MCPS as well as
the college degree students in their
first year in these programs are
cohorted together which means they’re
taking their classes together we’ve
been very fortunate the departments have
been extremely gracious with giving
us classes at wonderful time so
those of you who’ve had the experience of
going to college know that having an 8
o’clock class especially for students
who are coming for all over the county
is not the ideal situation so most of
the time our classes are not starting
until nine o’clock in the morning we’re generally able to do the
schedules so that the students have a
slight break but there are classes fall one
after the other so that they’re done by
early afternoon some days are done by
noon sometimes I’m at a science lab
and they may not be done to 1:30 and the
nice thing about that is that allows
the students an opportunity to go
back to their home high schools and
participate in extracurricular activities
including athletic teams so the students are taking all
their classes on the college campus
they are not going back to their high
school so they will spend 11th and 12th
grade year on the MC campus taking college
classes now again as I said students
still have the opportunity to participate
in homecoming prom coming up in the
near future is the PSAT day so
students will go back to their home high
school and do that and the spring they’ll get
to do the free SAT so they have all of
the options that other MCPS students
have but they’re taking all of their
classes here on the college campus so
these degrees that we’re we’ve decided
to deliver in this program the
reason why they were selected by MCPS and
the college is because their areas
whether there are jobs so our hope is
that we are educating a workforce then
to stay in Montgomery County to stay in
Maryland and in areas where there are
jobs available for our students [Music] so that the admissions
requirements and assumption so we are hoping that students who apply to this
program have fulfilled if not all a good
number of their service learning credits
we want students in ninth and tenth
grade to complete classes all their
pathway classes including PEP and
particulars are very important one we like
to see you completing health and your technology credit but we can
work around that students must earn grades
of C or higher and all their college
classes and the reason for that or a number
of reasons first of all for your institutions offering will not
take a grade of D second C’s are what
we call prerequisites it’s a requirement
to take the next class and the sequence
it shows that you’ve mastered the
material in the class and third going forward
when the students leave Montgomery
College and are applying for financial aid
if students have to have made
academic progress and so the C’s are
making academic progress so number of
reasons and we hold students to that
perceiving the C’s think of it as them
having a scholarship and they have to get
grades of C we work with the students to
research transfer opportunities so right
now Miss Matthews and you’ll meet her
later on I don’t think she’s in here right
now and I introduced her it’s working
with the second-year students and they’re
doing early decision most of them on
their applications but I would have to
say if your child has their heart set
on attending one particular
institution this is the time to contact that institution and say and ask them
would you accept credits that my child
has earned towards high school as
well as college they’re a majority of institutions will take transfer
credits that students earn while they’re
in high school but I’m going to be
completely honest there are a number of
schools that will not take credits these
are schools like Harvard Johns
Hopkins those type of schools there are other
schools who will accept the credits that
are not applied to the high school
diploma so they’re not Jews EE so again you
need to think about that if you have
your heart set on a certain school right
now you know it check with that school
right now to find out if they will take
credits that are earning college credits
while you’re in high school and right now I would like to
introduce the interim dean of mathematics
and statistics from Montgomery
College dr. Milton Nash [Applause] good evening so my name is
Milton Nash I am the interim dean of
mathematics statistics and data science here
at Montgomery College and I’m gonna
start with a confession you might have
already gathered this I’m a
mathematician and my job here tonight is to convince
you that your child should also be a mathematician and so I’m gonna
I’m gonna begin by playing a game and so
the way this is gonna work is I am going
to give you a list of people and you are
gonna tell me what they all have in
common okay got that really simple game
and I’m just gonna read this out I don’t
have a slide so the first person on
this list is named Robert Stewart Robert
Stewart is a NASA Alesi was a NASA
astronaut X they flew several Space Shuttle
missions in the eighties and anybody ever
hear about the Space Shuttle maybe a
few people okay he was an astronaut
another another fellows named Michael
Weiss he is an agricultural economist
working at the US Department of Agriculture
right that’s interesting Amanda query
Amanda is a project manager at the
london-based International Accounting
Standards Board okay next person on the list
Fred Preston who is a systems
engineer for working at Lucent Technologies
it’s a lot of diversity I mean it seems
kind of random some of you may have
guessed the answer but humor me let’s play
in law but I mean what you should be
getting from this is that whom that’s an interesting assortment of people
in an interesting assortment of jobs
I’ve got a few more Dianne Purcell who is
a financial analyst at a company
called key court and then there’s Nancy
roger ER who is the director of the
Harvey Cushing Jean Hayworth II medical
library at Yale University that’s an interesting job on an
Ivy League campus and then I have
mr. Edward Rothstein who is a who who is
written for the New York Times and The
Wall Street Journal and who was a
cultural critic at large in fact he
writes about music imagine that who I also have Jane Turnbull
who is assistant vice president of the
credit reporting agency Equifax how
many people have heard of Equifax if you
care about your credit score you’ve heard
of Equifax right and last I’ll give
you Elizabeth sweet who is a
statistician at the Census Bureau okay
interesting assortment of people so what do
all those people have in common anybody gets yet they’re all math majors every
last thing on one of them got a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics and and here you
see an assortment of different areas
that people pursue when they start
off as math majors and that’s one second you figure how
to manipulate the slides here [Music] a very simple internet search
easily reveals career opportunities
career opportunities for math leaders
along with salaries that they can hope
to earn that you might ask or what do
all these professions have in common and by the way if you look at
some of those salaries there there are a
number of reasons to be a math major up
there I don’t know if you see the dollar
signs and all the commas or those are
good reasons to be math majors so
what what do all these professions have in
common what is at the roots so I will
tell you the study of mathematics
provides excellent training on how to
think rigorously and analytically high
level analytical skills strong
problem-solving skills strong quantitative skills these
are all in great demand across many
professions and people who hire at companies
like like I just mentioned they look
at you they see a math major and they
assume that you have those skills right
and so you might ask what are the
specific benefits of the early college
math program at Montgomery College
and how will we prepare your student to
take on some of these interesting and
exciting careers that’s a good question
first answer to the question is our
courses our math courses are widely
transferable that what do I mean by that that
means if you take a calculus course
here and that student decides to go on to
another institution it will be accepted
as a calculus course had almost any
other institution across the country a calculus course is a calculus
course and I can tell you from my
experience I’ve actually worked at a number of
other institutions of higher learning
I’ve worked at the community college
level I’ve also worked at four-year institutions where the primary
focus is research I’ve seen a wide variety of
students but I can tell you this the calculus
course that I taught at those other
places is exactly the same calculus course
that I teach here right but the rigor
the expectations on students is
exactly the same as they would be getting at
any other place where I have taught
in my career so they will be getting a rigorous college experience in
that cop calculus class but here’s
something extra that they will get as a
student here at Montgomery College they
won’t get small class sizes with
professors whose primary goal is teaching
whose primary goal is teaching it I
mean the other rested anybody ever here
but we now course anybody ever hear
that term readout of course if you’ve ever
been a college student so a weed out
chorus is you know a you know typically
you know it’s an entry level introductory
course at a you know at a you know at a
lot of institutions and I will not name
them but the idea is they generally
have high enrollment and then they have
high failure rates right and so at
Montgomery College we don’t have we now
courses right our objective in all of
our courses is to serve our students
the best support that we can provide
for them but that doesn’t mean nobody
fails but that means that our objective is
that everyone does will that everyone
thrives in our classes so they will be
taking rigorous college-level courses
in a nurturing environment that is
the thing that we can provide that maybe
they won’t get elsewhere and besides that I will also
mention that we have excellent faculty
with very diverse experiences coming from institutions all across the
country okay you know actually want one
career that I’d like to mention up that
that’s not up there anybody up here the NSA
the National Security Agency right
so the national the NSA is the number
one employer of mathematicians in
the entire country maybe the number one
employer of mathematicians in the number in
the entire world I don’t know the exact number
that’s classified but but I have heard it
somewhere in the order of 600 so 600 Matt 600
people trained in advanced mathematics
working at the NSA alone again those problem-solving skills that
background and data analytics that bet that background and they’re strong
those strong quantitative and
problem-solving skills and so you might be curious okay
but that’s nice where have some of Montgomery
College oops excuse me where have some
of our students gone and so here you
will see a short list of schools that
Montgomery College math majors have gone on
to attend and I can tell you about
few of them so we had one young lady
who was a one of our one of our best
mathematics students who took honors courses
with a with us and after she graduated
she was accepted as a junior at Smith
College so Smith College is one of those
small liberal arts colleges in
Massachusetts right and to say that she was
accepted as a junior meant that her
credits as a math major here were accepted
right they transfer to that to that school
in Massachusetts and after she
completed her bachelor’s degree in
mathematics she went on to work internationally
for a year and then she began a ph.d
program in mathematics at Georgetown
University so that student is now at
Georgetown University as we speak in a ph.d
program we had a student who went on to Massachusetts Institute of
Technology now I will be honest I will have
a short disclaimer that student was
technically not an engineering major here at Montgomery College however he
did take all of our mathematics courses
and if you and you might be interested to
know that he was so interested in
mathematics that he actually did research and
presented at a conference at the
mathematical Association of America for the mathematical Association of
America and he went on to MIT as a double
major in mathematics and engineering
where he got his bachelor’s degree okay a lot
of our students go to the University of Maryland College Park and I’ll
tell you about a few of those so one of
one student who was a student of
mine actually started here as a math
major in fact he was a one thing that I
did for a number of years I was the
faculty advisor of the math club right
and we did you know we did interesting activities you know we did two
math tournaments we you know we went
to did field trips and then all kinds
of interesting enrichment
activities like that this young man was the
president of the math club went on after to
graduate with a mathematics degree from Montgomery College transferred
to the University of Maryland College
Park double majored in physics and mathematics got a published
paper within one year leaving us graduated
from College Park and he now works at
a little-known company called
Google as a program anybody ever hear
Google how many people have heard of
Google alright and I’ll tell you one
more story one more story yes this is one
of my favorite stories so another of
one of my students actually actually
another member of the math club
completed a math degree here transferred to
College Park as a major in chemical
engineering after obtaining a BS degree she is now
a PhD student in chemical engineering
and material science at the
University of mrs. Minnesota so that just
gives you a small sample of all the options
that are available to students with that background and that training in
high level mathematics and I hope I
hope I’ve done something of a good job of explaining it to you why it’s a
good why it’s a good idea for your child
you if they’re so inclined to be a math
major at Montgomery College and with
that I will introduce the next speaker
dr. Crocker Katherine Davis who is
the dean of sorry business [Applause] good evening yes my name is
Catherine Davis and I am the Dean /
business accounting economics hospitality management computer applications
and paralegal services that’s why I expanded and that’s
fine I have to use the acronym
otherwise I forget one of them but let me
start with a quick question high school
students how many of y’all are interested
in entrepreneurship alright and the
black t-shirt what do you want to do okay perhaps restaurant closing
music a widget of some sort yes a tech
company awesome okay who else has a
business idea yes fashion business awesome yeah so a lot of our students today
thank you very much a lot of our students
today are very interested in
entrepreneurship regardless of the discipline
that they pursue and so it might be math
but also what how do I turn that into my
own company or chemistry or Computer Applications and so with the ax
Business Administration program we impart
the knowledge on our students that will give them insight into
things topics like economic statistics accounting business management
and marketing and so just like with
the math program these classes
successfully articulate to the University of
Maryland and many other popular
destinations I get to some of those in just a
moment some experiences that students
in the early college program end up
enjoying with business or field trips to
area businesses because high
schoolers you know what it is to study content
in a textbook but it’s something
totally different to see the way a
business is doing it themselves and so it
brings the content to life and these are
the kinds of enriching activities that we
are providing in our business
administration early college program we’re also
having guest speakers come to campus specifically for the early
college program in fact next week we’ll
have the president of the Rockville
Chamber and the Rock Rockville economic
development organization come and speak with
just the early college business
students and so these are is a special cohort and we
really want to create additional enrichment activities specifically for them and so the list here identifies
some of the common transfer destinations
of our students as well as some of the
premier institutions like Georgetown we have students there studying
finance and economics and have some
exciting finance initiatives coming
online that next year’s student incoming
students will be able to leverage and so
we will be here after the program to
address any questions that you might have
about it just as dr. Nash explained we
have amazing faculty across the
entire entire college and will nurture the
students and help them find success in
the program and in the area of the discipline that speaks loudest
to them so thank you for coming tonight
and we’ll welcome you this evening
as well as next fall [Applause] so cost of the program if you
came to Montgomery College out of high
school and pays for the 60 credits
let’s say for an a a in business based on
today’s prices tuition and fees and you
add in for textbooks the program would
cost you twelve thousand seven hundred
dollars doing this program MC and MCPS
are covering the cost of the tuition
and MCPS is covering the cost of the textbooks which totals nine
thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars
so that difference that’s left that is
not paid by MC or MCPS for what we call
student fees and that is twenty-seven
hundred and twenty four dollars so
that’s spread over the two years and it would
average current semester I’m trying to
read this kind of small six hundred and
eighty one dollars it just kind of gives
you an idea how much this program would
cost based on this year’s tuition and
fees 681 oz if your student is
eligible for free and reduced meals MCPS will also cover the cost of
the fees so there is zero cost to
those students so it’s a wonderful
opportunity for students to get their first
two years of college at a maximum of
twenty seven hundred twenty-four
dollars based on this year price yeah so early college students are
not eligible for federal financial
aid because the program is being
supported if you have a Maryland 529
college savings plan you can use that
savings plan to pay for the fees that I mentioned there was also a
Maryland high school grant that students can
who have financial need can apply for and
it’s done on a case by case basis transportation to this program
this is something that’s very important
the nice thing about the Rockville campus
it is centrally located in the middle
middle of the county but you have to be thinking about how you’re going
to be getting to campus now Montgomery
College students have access to the ride
on bus system with their student ID and
they can use that and there’s also a
shuttle bus but we’ve had happen this
year is we have students who take the
shuttle bus from Germantown down to the
Rockville campus it’s it’s an express bus
people do you know all different things sometimes parents drop their
students off on the way to work but
you’ve got to think about transportation you
can look at the ride on bus routes to see
what’s the closest to you’re happy
you’re home but something to take into
consideration I’m just I’m gonna finish up
about the money because I see our speaker
is here but I want to finish up the
section so what we did here we kind of took
a look at try to compare apples to apples
somewhat based on this year’s tuition
fees the University of Maryland College
Park if you were to graduate from high
school and go to college Clark for four
years and pay for the tuition and
textbooks the cost of four years would be forty-seven thousand one hundred
and sixteen dollars that’s not
housing it’s not the meal plan that’s just
tuition and fees if a student graduated
from MCPS and came to MC for two
years and then went to University of
Maryland College Park you would have the
two years that I referenced before
which is the twelve thousand seven
hundred plus half of the four-year tuition at
College Park so that would be thirty six thousand dollars and change
students who do the early college program
they would get a four year degree for
twenty six thousand two hundred and eighty
two dollars a savings of over twenty thousand dollars so it really
kind of shows you what we cost you to go
to College Park as opposed to going directly after high school
graduation to MC transferring to College Park
and then finally what it costs to do a
bachelor’s degree if you’re in the early
college program and I think with that I am gonna
take a break here because we’ve got a
great speaker for you one of our
second-year students and the mathematics
program is gonna speak to you about his
experience in the early college program
this rapper you want to come up and his
picture by the way is the one that’s on the brochure that you had got it [Applause] good evening everyone can you
hear me all right awesome all right um
that’s a packed crowd it’s nice so if I
recall correctly I was here in the
March of in March of 2018 and I was sitting
right there in that corner and I come
after a long day of school I was SGA vice-president and it was just a
really long meeting right and I sat
there and my mom basically persuaded me to
come right a lot of you kids are
probably here because your mom was so you
got a call I’m right so essentially yeah that’s the
same case for me and I was out here and I
was not feeling the mood and I heard dr.
Crowley speak and she was talking about
saving money saving time I like both of
those things so I started my ears
perked up a little and she started talking
about finishing a an associate’s
degree simultaneously with the last two
years of high school and I thought my
head oh wait that’s like skipping two
grades that sounds too good to be true
all right and you know what that
also sounds like that sounds like earning 60
credits 60 college credits during high
school now what does that mean about
your weighted GPA let’s call it is
common sense common sense is saying
common sense is saying common sense is saying that your weighted GPA will be higher than
anyone in the entire state the entire
state and you know what it is physically impossible to earn 60 credits
while you’re in high school except for
if you’re in the early college
program except for a except for when
you’re in the early college program and
that’s what makes this program so great
and that’s just one reason I’d like
five that I have alright and many
more actually so our way to GPAs right will be phenomenally high as a matter of
fact I have accumulated as of right now
about 69 credits my older brother he took 13 ApS
on Magruder high school he got
about 40 something and he died through
his classes and I’m here and I’ve
already earned 69 I haven’t even
graduated yet I’ll finish with 84 that’s
basically I’m gonna transfer as a junior
hopefully God willing at the University of
Maryland that’s tow I like that all right now if you if you told me I’d be standing here speaking March of
2018 I would have said why would I even
want to leave my high school I was vice president I was on the JV
basketball team I was I was already playing
basically for varsity and I had all the
friends I wanted why would I leave all
that and come to college where I have no
friends I’m five years younger than
everyone I’m 16 so I’m like literally younger
than everyone I’m around yeah yeah
yeah everyone you’re 16 16 16 so yeah essentially why would I leave
all that behind and the reason is course
rigor the reason its course rigor
because you cannot take the classes you can
take here in high school which high
school offers organic chemistry in one
year offers discrete mathematics multivariable calculus
differential equations linear algebra all
senior year because I’m taking that my
friends were taken that there’s no high
school that can do that for you but this
place can and even if you don’t want to
take all those things you still have the opportunity to broaden your
horizons and learn all that you want to learn
you can take all kinds of literature
classes things that people in high
school can’t even imagine you can take
business writing here whoo time it’s been
in high school boy you can take that
here as a young kid and beyond just
coursework and weighted GPAs your opportunities
here are endless in terms of
internships in terms of the job market in high
school who thinks about the job market
you’re basically lifeguarding if you’re
a guy or you’re working at the vet if
you’re a girl that you’re basically very
limited but out here you can do anything
and you’re like hey Sophie oh
what’swhat’s your example what are you doing guess what I lean in my first
job here I’m working at ni St and 16 and you know what they didn’t
look at me you know what they looked at
they looked at my credentials my education
my ability to learn my learning
curve and that’s why this program will
help you attain that learning curve that
everyone in the job market wants now I’ve
talked about way to GPAs all right and
I’ve talked about the ability to have internships and course record
now when you add up those three things
what do you get you get an IV caliber
student ecologist look at your GPA and
they’re like wow this guy’s taking
phenomenal coursework he’s taken so many
nice classes he’s had the best
internships we have to bring him to our college
and sure it’s granted they won’t
take your credits like Johns Hopkins will
take like twelve out of your 60
credits but you gonna top this oh like and
Harvard they might not take your credits
but you’re still going to Harvard
you get you’re getting a Harvard quality education so I’m telling you my
cohort as of right now we sent up about
40 kids about 10 of us or IV caliber
we’re ready to go and 10 out of 40 that’s
better than any proportion in any high
school MCPS so we offend eventually you
become an elite level student even if
you enter the program as a little bit of a straggler you don’t really enjoy
school you pick up the pace because in
college you learn that efficiency is the
name of the game you become the best
student they can ever be and you go to
the best places you can ever go to now after you’ve heard all this
about me you’re probably asking hey
Sophia how do you do how do you do all this
and you know what I did essentially when
I was March 2018 right and my mom
asked me you want to join early college I
took a deep breath I went and eyeshadow box for like three
seconds like and then I looked at mom
and I was like yeah I’m gonna do it let’s
see what we can do and that’s where I am
today thank you so much I just said I need the Prophet
because he asked me to write one of his
letters of recommendation so he’s
applying to Harvard Georgia Tech Maryland Columbia
and Johns Hopkins sell pretty good pretty
good schools just kind of getting back we
talked about the financial aspect
justice this is kind of a graphic just to
show you time for completion the
traditional pack on a high school for four years
and going to college before here is represented the yellow on the
blue boxes so doing the early college
program you’ve got your ninth and tenth
grade year in yellow the green is the
overlap where you’re doing 11th and 12th
grade but you’re doing the first two
years of college the blue boxes represent
year three and four of your
bachelor’s degree and then the final golden boxes master’s degree so in the same
amount of time that you get a bachelor’s
degree you can have a master’s degree
if you so choose to do that the early
college program so just watch a little
bit about general education requirements
so most colleges and universities
require what we call general education
classes they’re foundational classes are
things like English humanities social
science arts classes science and all
these degree programs have major
requirement classes so the mathematics
program for the business but besides from
that you’re also getting these
foundational classes that will prepare you
for the future so that you can have
attained your personal and professional
goals as well so again as I mentioned
some of the classes they’ll take and the
general education classes that you
complete this program are all accepted by
schools in the University System of
Maryland accepted at most or many
institutions for your institutions in the
country so how do we do this all well
again dr. nasch mints in small class size
the average size is 24 and if you go
to College Park I went to College
Park 300-400 and electro halls and
that type of thing anybody has had that
experience our classes are small our
faculty get to know their students they know
them by name so what we’re doing is we
are going to make sure that you have
access to the resources and services at the
college we have a book writing centers we
have math centers the students right now
in their second year of mathematics
program have access to tutoring on Friday for chemistry in our special hours
there in addition to that we bring the
students in the summer sadaiva come come familiar with the campus and the different opportunities at the
college we make sure that you’re aware
of your graduation requirements and
we’re all we’re doing this we’re working
with your home high school counselors to
ensure that you are completing your
high school requirements while at the same
time doing your college or horns and
at this time I actually want to
introduce Aaron Matthews we do a turn in Aaron
is the Rockville campus early college coordinator so if you are
selected to do a program here on this Rockville
campus and it would be the person here
at the college that you’d be working
with so as far as I ademma court if
you really seriously think that you
want to do this program we strongly
suggest that you log on to Khan Academy and I
believe you can access through the MCPS
website right and start the process of
getting prepared for the college’s
assessment test never too early for that we
have again the Ackerman math Center I mentioned that they have
tutoring support they lend out
calculators for students they have review
sessions and there are lots of computer labs
at the college the business program
twice a week has a two hour program with mentoring and tutoring support
and that’s where with dr. Davis
spoke about the speaker coming in so it’s
dedicated time outside the classroom just
to help the business students and I
mentioned this Matthews and she’s there to
connect students with resources we do
progress report parents like week three
we’re checking up on students on a
regular basis to make sure that their
grades were not slipping and let’s see
what we can do to support them and again
the Writing Center one thing I didn’t he was in
there I didn’t mention is embedded
coaching we have a program achieving the
Promise Academy and they provide us with
coaches in our English classes or math
classes and science so that person has
the syllabus for the class is
following what’s going on and besides from
the Faculty’s office hours the
students can get together as a study group
with the embedded code so there are a lot
of things we’re doing to support
the students I want to talk for a
minute about disability support
services so our DSS office provides
accommodation supports to students who are
qualified with documented learning
disabilities or other disabilities the services
that students receive in MCPS for IEP
or 504 s do not convey to the college
we’re under different federal
legislation they’re for students who are
accepted to this program need to apply for
services through the DSS office and we
ask you to do that at least a month before
class starts and they can get services
in place and we have there the phone
number for the Rockville DSS office as long
as everybody understands that we
cannot stress that enough if you do
this program apply for the services
you may decide that you don’t want to
use them but we really urge you to apply
for services if you’re getting them
right now for those CPS and now I
would like to introduce mr. Michael
Sullivan from NC PF and he is going to take
you through the application process
and the decision process so after all that you probably
wonder wondering what do we do next how
do I get in what do I have to do
that’s what this is about so the first thing
you’re going to do is complete the
common application this is going to be
coming out on the MCPS website in
mid-october that will be found on the
website we actually have a link to it on
the back of your agenda so you can find
where to get more information so you
don’t have to write down the big long URL
for the website after that in December
eligible and non-eligible students will
be informed of their status that’ll
be in December coming in January
students will complete the admit Montgomery
College application and the MCPS early
college form that’s the thing that says
you’re actually going to do this and
that will be by January 3rd then you’ll be
taking that Accuplacer and that’s where
we suggest that if you’re
interested in this program you start looking
at the Khan Academy for SAT and start
working in that program so that you can
score well on the Accuplacer to assess
into the courses in the early college
program by mid-october Milot e to
continue in the program to the summer
program and then the summer program will
start keep in mind those dates at the
bottom for the mandatory summer session those happen in August there we
go so after this we’re going to
have opportunities to answer
questions at the microphones but if after all
this and after you go home and you look
at the website from both Montgomery
College and MCPS where we have a lot more
detailed information and it digests and
it marinates and you still have
questions you also have us as resources so
on the back of your agenda you have
resources so feel free to email us ask us questions to help you make that
decision by November first and as well up here the links
that you also found on your agenda a
couple of things that I skipped over that
I want to remind people about the
summer program is mandatory I can tell
you the dates right now July the 6th
through July the 31st the programs
generally run in the morning so that is a
requirement to do this program and we do
various things through that program so
that is a requirement

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