HAYWOOD EARLY COLLEGE GRADUATE USES PROGRAM AS SPRINGBOARD TO BECOMING A DOCTOR
When Tyler McKinnish, 2010 HCC and Haywood Early College graduate, enrolled with the first group of students in the school's early college history, he didn't know what to expect. He didn't know if it was a good fit for him. But finishing the program early and with an Associate in Arts degree in hand, he realized it was the perfect choice.Now, McKinnish is at the UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill on his way to becoming a doctor. "I found that the Early College program really motivated me," he explains. "To be in a diverse group of learners that included older students, high school students, and everyone between was inspiring."Haywood Early College is a high school that enrolls students in grades 9 through 13. Students complete a high school diploma and a college transfer degree in five years. Through the program, students are integrated into the college culture at the high school level. And it's free of charge.