LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Going above and beyond: Dozens of outstanding teenagers graduated Thursday with a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree. It’s all a part of a program between the Clark County School District and the College of Southern Nevada.
About 60 CCSD students are graduating high school with 2-years of college work already finished. CSN High School sent students from three different campuses off to their next chapter.
Brianna Whitfield, for example, is graduating high school with an Associate’s of Business Degree.
“It was very rigorous and hardcore; I will not lie,” Whitfield said.
Along with a college degree, Whitfield was her class valedictorian, and she did all of it while working two jobs. When asked how she was able to get through it, Whitfield said, “times when you’re at work, and you start doing homework on the job when it’s slow.”
Whitfield will start UNLV in the fall. She plans to go to medical school. When she was asked about her biggest inspiration, Whitfield said “it was really my mom, because I lost my mom at such a young age. And she had my sister and I; she had my sister when she was in high school, but she still thrived through her illness. And she never let anything hold her back.”
The CSN High School Program is part of CCSD’s effort to increase graduation rates to 90 percent by 2024.