In May, twelve Midland Valley High School seniors graduated from Aiken Technical College with associates degrees, becoming the first graduating class from the Early College program.
This cohort of students started the Early College program in 2016 as sophomores and took two college level courses every semester taught by Aiken Technical College faculty. Midland Valley High School is the only Early College Program in Aiken County.
PEP worked alongside Aiken County Public Schools and the Aiken Technical College Foundation in a collaborative effort to secure donors for the funding of this program. “The Early College program is a wonderful example of collaboration among community partners all for the success of Aiken County Students,” said PEP Executive Director, Melissa Viola. “These seniors were dedicated and diligent in pursuing their associate degrees. We are very proud of them and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.” Students receive lottery tuition assistance, reducing the cost of each semester to an estimated $600 per students, plus books.
PEP’s Early College goal is to build partnerships to ensure that every student accepted into the Early College Program can financially afford to attend. Please consider making a donation or sponsoring a student to Public Education Partners – Early College, PO Box 3821, Aiken, SC 29802. To learn more about the Early College Program, please contact the Guidance Department at Midland Valley High School.