Thanks to a partnership with Onward Academy, more than 50 DeKalb County School District (DCSD) high school graduates earned associate’s degrees in business management this year.
Stone Mountain High School led the pack with 19 graduates this year who earned associate’s degrees through the dual enrollment program.
Onward Academy is a DCSD dual enrollment program that allows students to earn an associate’s degree or 65 college credits through Georgia Piedmont Technical College while attending high school.
DCSD partnered with Georgia Piedmont in August 2016 to offer Onward Academy at four high schools—Clarkston, Cross Keys, McNair and Stone Mountain. Onward Academy reverses the traditional dual enrollment format by having college professors on campus at DCSD schools and removes the transportation barriers that many students face when having to make a decision about taking college classes.
This year, Georgia Piedmont Technical College on May 19 awarded the following 52 students their Associate’s Degree. The following week, as part of DCSD’s standard graduation schedule, the students also walked in their respective commencement ceremonies.
The following students also were honored by the DeKalb County Board of Education on May 14:
Albert Luai Mang
Victor Flores Padierna
Mu Nisah Ujima