One of the more interesting ideas that has reached into K12 and higher education are “2+2 programs” that allow high school students to pursue their diploma and a community college degree program at the same time. The community college courses are counted towards high school graduation as well as the Associates degree.
These 2+2 programs make sense for high school students who want to take on the challenge of college-level, especially if their high school offers few college-level courses of its own. They also make sense for students who want a lower-cost credential, as well as an associates degree, that qualifies them for a job with a desired employer. The younger community college graduates who choose to seek employment can also go to work two years earlier.
Do these programs make sense for every high school student?
To answer the question, it helps to explain what the 2+2 programs might, or might not, be.
The 2+2 agreements between high schools and community colleges have much to offer many high school students. But students and parents need to do their homework with the help of a school counselor and a community college academic advisor before they plunge into such an ambitious commitment.
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