SGTC Dual Enrollment Student Earns Criminal Justice Degree While Still in High School

Published 8:06 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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CORDELE – MarKayla Henderson of Cordele recently graduated with honors from both Crisp County High School and South Georgia Technical College (SGTC). Through the Dual Enrollment Program, Henderson was able to complete the requirements for an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SGTC while still attending high school.

Though she initially intended to become a teacher, Henderson’s experience with dual enrollment led to a new career choice. “My college professors made it so exciting and interesting that I changed my future plans of becoming a teacher to wanting to be involved in criminal justice” Henderson said. “From the moment I took my first class, I was determined to see it to the end.”

Now, Henderson plans to continue her criminal justice education at the University of West Georgia. “After college, I plan to become a crime scene investigator with the GBI,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to become a crime scene investigator with the FBI.”

Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

Under the Dual Enrollment Program, students can take academic core courses that may transfer to other colleges and universities. Students can also take occupational and career courses that help them get a head start on an exciting, in-demand career. High School students can make the most of their time while saving money and being better prepared for their future.

Students interested in the Dual Enrollment Program must first contact their high school counselor to participate in the program. The dual enrollment team at SGTC can also provide any information needed to enroll.