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Early College Prepares High School Students for the Future

Early Entrance Students on HCC Campus

When Marci learned that her son Trevor could pursue college courses while still a high school student, she was immediately intrigued. With his family’s encouragement, Trevor enrolled in the Early College Cybersecurity program, which offers courses at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) and Howard Community College. A partnership between the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College, Early College allows students to earn 30 college credits by the time they graduate from high school.

Why did you believe the Early College program was right for your son?
We were excited about the opportunity this program would give Trevor to explore growing, thriving industries at a young age. As a parent, we are always looking at his interests and what he is good at, and how that might fold into his future.

Did you have any hesitations about enrolling your son?
Trevor is part of this program’s inaugural class. That is exciting, but also a bit scary. We couldn’t talk with other students and parents who had been part of the program before to ask questions. We were concerned about the workload and the possibility that our son would be overwhelmed. But the team at HCC eased those concerns. They encourage parent involvement and most importantly, they wanted to know who our child is and what he needs to succeed. They have been great to work with and are truly committed to assuring each student in this program has a positive experience.

How has your son benefitted from being part of Early College?
Trevor needed to be with people who have interests similar to his. This program has given him that. It’s been a great avenue for him to build new relationships. Academically, he has gotten early exposure to college-level courses and experiences that he otherwise wouldn’t have had until later in life. He has also learned the importance of prioritizing, and that it is okay to ask for help when he needs it. He has matured much faster because of what he has learned through this program.

How do you think the Early College program impact your son’s future?
Through this program, Trevor is already completing an internship. He has had public speaking opportunities. He already has a resume prepared, with letters of recommendation to go along with it. He has been exposed to a whole new world, a few years early. These experiences have been invaluable and put him a few steps ahead as he continues on to college and eventually out into the business world.

What might you say to another parent who is considering enrolling their child in this program?
I would encourage that person to ask a lot of questions and connect with parents and students who have experienced the program already, to learn more. I would also mention that there is a significant financial benefit for parents to consider. The cost of college is something that weighs on every parent’s mind. Trevor is earning college credits at a greatly reduced tuition rate. This is another motivator and reason to pursue this program.

Learn more about the Early College program.

Read more of Trevor's story.

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