Frederick Community College (FCC) graduate Tomas Aker earned an associate degree in information technology as well as a Network Engineer Certificate and a Computer Studies Certificate, all before his 19th birthday. Tomas graduated from high school with 31 college credits under his belt, earned through a combination of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) articulation, advanced placement, and the FCC Dual Enrollment program. Earning these credits as a high school student helped propel his pace of completion, and he hasn’t slowed down since.
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Meet Honors College Alum Tom Aker
As a senior in high school, Tomas began taking FCC classes through the high school based Dual Enrollment program, which he learned about while he was a student at the FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC). Through the program, FCPS students are able to enroll in FCC courses that are taught at their high school.
While in the Dual Enrollment program, Tomas earned 10 college credits. The following year he became a full-time FCC student and earned 31 more credits.
Tomas graduated from FCC in spring 2017 and transferred to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he is now in his junior year.
“It’s a great school for STEM,” he said.
Tomas expects to graduate with a degree in information systems next year. He estimates that he saved around $30,000 by participating in the Dual Enrollment program and attending FCC before transferring, and will likely continue his cost savings. “I plan to come back to FCC for J-Term and summer to take Spanish classes,” he said.
Dual Enrollment helps high school students by introducing them to college level courses while still in the comfort of their high school and with teachers they may already know. Perhaps the most beneficial advantage of the program is the cost savings. Students in the high school based Dual Enrollment program are able to earn college credit for less than half the cost of taking open campus courses at FCC or enrolling after high school graduation.
FCPS students interested in the Dual Enrollment program can find more information here.