High schoolers to receive college degrees

One junior among recipients

Staff reports


PIQUA — Edison State Community College will honor graduates during the 41st annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. Of the 377 graduates having credentials conferred, one high school junior and 21 high school seniors will walk with their associate degree-earning peers.

Brianna Barlage, of Fort Loramie, will be the third student in the college’s history to be awarded an associate degree before entering her senior year of high school. Barlage’s associate degree was accomplished thanks to the College Credit Plus (CCP) program, which helps high-achieving students get a jump-start on their college careers.

“I chose to take advantage of the CCP program because I was interested in taking higher level courses and getting dual credit while doing so,” said Barlage. “It saves a ton of money and puts you ahead in the long run.”

Barlage opted to pursue Edison State’s Associate of Science transfer degree, which allows her to transfer seamlessly to any four-year university in Ohio upon graduating.

“My plan for next year is to attend the University of Toledo,” added Barlage. “My career goal is to graduate from Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in biology. From there, I will be furthering my education at medical school. I plan on getting my medical degree in surgery with hopes that one day I will be working as a trauma surgeon.”

One junior among recipients

Staff reports


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