DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Dougherty County students are seeing major success in their academic careers.
Some have been accepted into several schools and earned thousands in scholarships, while others are earning degrees and diplomas at the same time.
On Saturday, some Dougherty County students will graduate college before receiving their high school diploma.
Twenty-one Dougherty County seniors graduated with an associate degree or certificate, earned from Albany Technical College or Albany State University before they received a high school diploma.
This Move on When Ready Dual Enrollment Program process began years prior to their senior year. The program allows students to take college courses while still attending high school.
According to FinAid.org, the annual amount for a student to attend college is approximately $22,000.
With these students being enrolled in the Georgia Dual-Enrollment program, they have saved nearly $45,000.
Dual enrollment is no cost to the students and books are included.
Dougherty County School System leaders are encouraging students to consider the opportunity the program offers.
Across the community students have also applied and received acceptance to numerous of colleges.
Hopson was accepted into over 10 Universities and has collected over $20,00 in scholarship money. She will be entering as a freshman this upcoming fall semester as Yale University.
Along with Hopson, Whitlock also received scholarship funds and college acceptance letters.
After being shifted to another high school due to his previous high school closing, Whitlock received hundreds of thousands of dollars and over 20 college acceptance letters.
Under the Zell Miller scholarship, Whitlock received a full ride to the Georgia Institution of Technology. Because of his aspirations to become an engineer, he decided to accept the school's offer and will start this fall semester.
You can get a full list of South Georgia high school graduation dates here.