DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Some Dougherty County students will not only cross the stage with a diploma but with associate's degrees and certificates from surrounding colleges during graduation this weekend.
Twenty-one Dougherty County seniors earned associates degrees or certificates from Albany State University and Albany Technical College, while still in high school.
This is the largest class the district has ever seen.
Students we spoke with say they are happy their teachers pushed them to take advantage of the dual enrollment opportunities.
Akendai Womack, a graduating senior of Dougherty Comprehensive High School just completed his associate's degree from Albany State and he has big plans for the future.
"After high school, to attend Georgia Military college I plan to major in supply chain and logistics management and later on in life, I plan to one day own a logistics company."
School district leaders say students are saving a nearly $45,000 in college expenses by graduating with an associates degree.
Currently 550 Dougherty County students are in dual enrollment classes.