Graduation honor cord ceremonies were held at St. Louis Community College (STLCC)-Wildwood, May 9.
Among members of the graduating class of 2019 are 26 seniors from Rockwood School District, who are part of Early College Partnership, a joint venture between STLCC-Wildwood and Rockwood. Those students have earned both a high school diploma and an associate degree.
Early College Partnership is a two-year, full-immersion, dual-enrollment program that is tuition-free for Rockwood students.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said, "It's exciting to see our students succeeding in this innovative program that has probably impacted their lives more than we can fully comprehend."
"We have 60 students in the program, this year - 30 seniors and 30 juniors," said Rockwood Coordinator K-12 Guidance and Counseling Todd Minichiello. "The majority were incredibly successful. Twelve of the 30 have a 4.0 GPA. Another five have made the Dean's List."
Minichiello said Rockwood and STLCC-Wildwood officials are hearing great news from those students.
"Most colleges are transferring all 60 of their credits," he said, "not only to other Missouri colleges, but also out of state."
"All 72 of my credits are transferring," said Lafayette student Alex Hoffman, who is going to Missouri S&T this fall. He plans to major in physics and possibly nuclear engineering.
"I was fortunate in that I was able to work on classes for my four-year degree and get ahead of the game for that," said Hoffman.
Claire Spears, who will also graduate from Eureka High this month, will be transferring to Bradley University, where she will be double-majoring in criminology and English. She said the ECP program worked well for her.
"Flexibility of schedule is very important," said Spears. "Instead of having a seven-hour school day, I attend classes two or three hours a day, with time to work or do other things. The professors are awesome."
Minichiello said after one more semester in ECP, four more Rockwood seniors will complete the program.