126 Butler Community College Early Academy Students Recognized
Area students walked across the Rose Hill High School stage and accepted their honor roll, CNA (Certified Nurses Aid), International Dispatch and/or computer certificates.
By the end of this academic year or next academic year, these 126 students are poised to receive both their high school diploma from their home high school and their associate degree from Butler Community College.
“This is not an easy task. But you’re determined. We’re proud of you,” said Butler Community College President Kim Krull, Ph.D., to the crowd of parents, teachers and students. “You’re saving money. You’re saving time.”
The academies offer college classes at several locations, including Rose Hill, El Dorado and Andover. Next fall, the number of academies will expand to eight – 3D, Business & Entrepreneurship, Cyber Security, Elementary Education, Engineering Technology, Fire Science, Health Sciences and Pre-Law.
“I think having the achievements of these students on display goes a long way into understanding the work and effort they put into their studies,” said Randal Chickadonz, superintendent of Rose Hill Schools. “It’s a great program.”
Seniors have already applied to colleges. Kathy Tran, 18, attends Rose Hill High School and is enrolled in the Health Sciences Academy. She is on the Dean’s honor roll and plans to attend Butler’s nursing program.
“The Academy is a really awesome program,” Tran said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”
Adrianna Guerra, 17, who attends Derby High School and wants to attend the University of Kansas for pre-med, agrees, as does Taylor Bynum, who is also from Derby.
“It’s life changing,” said Taylor Bynum, 18. “This prepares me for college and the future.”
Bynum was accepted with a scholarship to West Texas A & M University.
Students come from Andover, Andover Central, Andover eCademy, Augusta, Bluestem, Circle, Derby, Douglass, El Dorado, Flint Hills, Mulvane, Remington, Rose Hill and Valley Center. Home school students are also welcomed.
“It’s been a great, fun environment,” said Cameren Duncan, 17, who is home schooled and attending the Engineering Academy.