Four Moffat County High School students earned their associate's degrees before they had their diplomas in hand because of a program that allow simultaneous enrollment in high school and college classes.
This year, 205 students are taking advantage of the same opportunity.
Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman reported at Thursday's Board of Education meeting that the high school is again working with Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig to offer classes in which students can earn high school and college credit.
"There were so changes to the dual enrollment program, and it's always been a mystery -- how does it work and what do we offer," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said. "It's a real bonus for our students and for the community."
The high school offers nine dual enrollment classes ranging from calculus to cultural anthropology. There are 268 students enrolled in the advanced classes, 63 of which are taking them solely for high school credit.
The program does more for students than allow them to receive double the credit for the same time. Because the high school pays each student's tuition, it saves students money. The high school pays the full tuition, it does not get the 75 percent discount CNCC-Craig provides individual Moffat County residents.
Students pay an administration fee of $4 a credit and book fees.
In return, the college reimburses the high school for the use of the school's facilities and teachers.
Krogman's said the average dual enrollment student at MCHS graduates with 20 college credits.