Walking across the Howard Community College campus, it would be almost impossible to know that Trevor is actually a high school student. As a student in the of the Early College Program, he is taking all his senior year classes on the HCC campus. Trevor is one of 18 students who have come from various local high schools for an enhanced and accelerated academic experience, thanks to a partnership between HCC and the Howard County Public School System.
“I didn’t know anyone coming into this program,” he said. “And now we are like a band of brothers. I have a whole new circle of friends because of this program.”
HCC’s Early College Program includes standard courses such as mathematics and English, and gives students early exposure to specialized fields such as cybersecurity and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Trevor has completed a significant number of network security courses, all on his college transcript.
“When I graduate from high school, I will already have one year toward my associate degree done,” said Trevor, whose future goal is to find a career combining his love for cybersecurity and public speaking. “I am still a high school student but no one here treats me like I am. I am learning with a group of people who want to be there rather than who have to be there.”
As an intern in HCC’s Office of Admissions and Advising, Trevor has many opportunities to share his personal story and motivate others to follow in his footsteps. He visits local high schools to educate students about the Early College Program at HCC and the benefits associated with being part of it. He enjoys telling others about how the program has created a path for him pursue his interests and passions, and has given him great experience that otherwise would not have been achieved until later in life.“I have learned so much about myself and feel that I am ahead of the game,” Trevor said. “This program is helping to shape my future; I am lucky to be part of it.”