Students are experiencing the best of both worlds at College High School , and first year enrollees agree that it is a unique game of balance.
Sumner County Middle College High School student Cheyenne Hanloah observed “You’re still experiencing college but the staff really backs you up like you’re in high school, so you’re not thrown to the wolves. That’s my favorite part about it. It exceeded my expectations.”
50 students completed their first semester of the Middle College program at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Juniors and Seniors have the chance to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. This enables them to jump start their future at almost no cost to them.
Students find that the program is a better fit for some than traditional high school programs.
17 year old student Lucas Hissam speaks to what the school has meant for him.
“In high school, all I really did was sit around; it was really easy,” Hissam, 17, said. “Here, I have to work for my grade, pay attention and I have a lot more responsibilities. It takes a certain person to succeed in this environment, so we’re all similar. I actually have friends now.”