A Rome High School student will be walking across the stage at Barron Stadium on Saturday, May 25 with not only one but two diplomas in her hands.
Elizabeth Carpenter has been involved in the Dual Enrollment program with Georgia Northwestern Technical College since the beginning of her junior year. Carpenter is expected to graduate with an associate’s degree in General Management from GNTC before she walks across the stage to receive her high school diploma from Rome High.
“… I took general education courses to get myself started,” says Carpenter. “Initially, I was only going to take around nine hours a semester but when they told me I could be considered a full-time student with only one more class, I decided to take 12 hours. During my first semester, I was taking a general management class and I really liked the material. So, going into my second semester, I tried to follow that same path toward general management. I quickly realized that over the summer, I could take enough classes where it would put me on track to graduate with an associate’s degree so I really focused on my school work and took 22 hours, which is seven classes.”
Elizabeth also was heavily involved in sports at Rome High, competing on the soccer team, swim and cross-country teams, along with participating in band.Her free time also included her working part-time job at Steak ‘n’ Shake.
Elizabeth plans to continue to her education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. There she plans to get her bachelor’s degree in marketing, in half of the time that it will take other students her age who did not have access to a dual enrollment program.
Groundbreaking Friday for Rome City Schools College and Career Academy: The event is set for 10-10:30 a.m. near the football practice field. The academy and accompanying indoor athletes facility are partially funded by the 2017 education special tax approved by voters.