Thanks to new agreement, KHS students may earn HS diploma, associate degree, concurrently


Students at Kearny High School could earn an associate degree at the same time they get their high school diplomas, thanks to a new agreement between the school district and Hudson County Community College.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Blood and Hudson County Community College President
Christopher Reber signed an agreement Oct. 21 for the HCCC Early College Program to take roots in Kearny.

As a result of the agreement, Kearny High School students will have the opportunity to earn an associate degree in liberal arts upon high school graduation. Students will complete a combination of college-level courses taught as part of the high school curriculum by qualified high school instructors and courses taught by HCCC faculty on the KHS campus after regular school hours.

Credits earned transfer toward baccalaureate degrees at four-year colleges and universities, and students who complete the program will finish their senior year of high school with both a high school diploma and an HCCC degree.

The 16 KHS students enrolled in the first HCCC-KHS cohort may take Basic French I, College Composition I, College Student Success and Introduction to Computers during the 2021-22 academic year.

“Students enrolled in the HCCC Early College Program jump-start their college education while paying only half of the in-county tuition rate — a huge savings in comparison to tuition at four-year institutions,” Reber said.

In May of this year, HCCC presented associate degrees to 29 Hudson County high school students.

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