Nick Clark graduated from Luray High School in 2016, but he’s already a junior at Virginia Tech.
That’s because Clark was a Governor’s Scholar – he was able to earn his associate of science degree from LFCC last May, prior to graduating from high school.
He took advantage of the dual-enrollment program, earning 69 credits while still in high school. Virginia Tech accepted 54 of those credits towards his engineering program.
Not only did taking college-level courses in high school give him a broad foundation and help him figure out what field he wanted to pursue, “it’s nice to have two years done – much cheaper that way,” Clark said.
He estimates he saved about $40,000 over the course of obtaining his bachelor’s degree by taking advantage of dual enrollment.
Clark started his first term at Virginia Tech as a second-semester sophomore, and is now considered a junior.
Clark always knew he wanted to go to Tech. He hopes to enter the computer science and graphics field.
“I would definitely suggest at least getting one year, if not two years of college, done [while in high school],” Clark said. “It saves them the money, and it’s really good for getting you prepared mentally.”