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First student to dual graduate from Tullahoma High School and Motlow State Community College
By Buddy Bumpus, Staff Writer
LYNCHBURG, TN (Feb. 26, 2016) — The first Saturday in May, Motlow State Community College dual enrollment student Alexis Dietz will accomplish something no other Tullahoma High School (THS) student in history has ever accomplished. She will be the first THS student to earn her Motlow State associate degree BEFORE she receives her high school diploma.
Dietz knew that dual graduation was a goal for herself after seeing Motlow's president hand out diplomas to area high school students at a previous Motlow graduation ceremony. Students from a number of area high schools, including Moore County, Smyrna, Coffee County and Lincoln County have earned dual enrollment degrees in the past.
"I wanted to kick-start my college career, and I felt that if I could achieve my goal of graduating from both high school and community college simultaneously, with all the boundaries, there would be no way that I couldn't go on and further my career in college," said Dietz.
She participated in Motlow's dual enrollment program that allows high school students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. Students that qualify can take classes on a Motlow State campus, online, or even at a partner high school. Motlow's dual enrollment program currently has over 600 high school students that participate.
According to Dietz, going from high school to college was a big change. At first she was a bit uncomfortable, being only 16 years old and going to class with older students, but in time she became very comfortable, and especially related to students at Motlow who had graduated from THS.
"My only regret is not getting some of my fellow THS students to participate in the program along with me." stated Dietz.
Staying on top of the requirements for both high school and college courses required a lot of planning and organization by Alexis due to the course load she was taking. In one semester alone she had a class at Motlow, a class at THS, and three on-line courses. "I used a large bulletin board at home to keep up with all my assignments and due dates," stated Dietz. "I may have missed one or two assignments, but for the most part stayed on top of them. I only made two B's and the rest A's in my courses."
Along with her classes, Dietz participated in volleyball competition for THS and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Motlow.
While dual enrollment is not for everyone, high school students who have completed their sophomore year and have met all requirements for taking the desired college courses may apply.
"We screen our students that are interested in dual enrollment for attendance, behavior, and any issues that might keep them from being a successful dual enrollment student," said Brenda Welch, THS counselor.
"Alexis is a great student and all around great person," Welch continued, "as she is friendly and involved in school activities, but serious about her studies. She began dual enrollment classes the summer after her sophomore year and has worked closely with the high school counseling office and Motlow to ensure she took courses that met her high school graduation requirements while working on her chosen college path."
Dietz will be enrolling as a junior at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the fall of 2016, and intends to pursue a degree in nursing, specializing in pediatric care.
From the looks of what she has accomplished as a THS and Motlow dual enrollment student, it's a pretty sure bet Alexis Dietz will achieve that goal as well.
For more information about Motlow's dual enrollment program visit www.mscc.edu/dualjoint or contact Lori Mevis, at 931-393-1823 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jonathan Graham, at 615-220-7839 or email@example.com.