Bibb student first to graduate from CGTC with an associate degree

MACON, Ga (WMGT / 41NBC) – Shemetria Risper is the first high school student in Bibb County to graduate as an associate from Central Georgia Technical College under the state’s new dual enrollment guidelines.

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school students to earn college credits while they prepare for their high school diploma.

Kenny Rozier, the high school coordinator at Central Georgia Technical College, says high school students can take college classes in person or online.

The new state guidelines only allow students in 10th grade and above to join the program. However, tenth graders can only take technical or business courses with the college unless they meet the SAT or ACT requirements.

The minimum SAT score to start the program in second year is 1200. Junior and senior high school students also have access to the program and can earn up to 30 hours of college credit.

Rozier says the school is honored that Shemetria has exceeded the 30 credit limit and graduated.

“I just want to congratulate her on her diligence and express how proud we are of her,” Rozier said.

Risper says she will be graduating from Westside High School at the end of May and graduating from college a week later. Then it’s off to Georgia Southern University.

“I go to school for health and physical education,” Risper said. “Then I’m going to stay for my masters, because I want to be a counselor in high school.

Her mother and father, Demetria and Spoon Risper, say they are extremely proud of their daughter.

“I am proud of the ambition, courage and determination that she has,” said Demetria.

Risper says she would definitely recommend the dual-enrollment program to other high school kids and urges them to start when they feel ready.

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