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Warren County pair leads Motlow Dual Enrollment Graduates with 4.0 GPA

June 22, 2015

Earning a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) is a tremendous accomplishment at any level of education. Warren County natives Cole Millard and Bailey Barnes achieved grade perfection and graduated from Motlow College in May, just days before earning the same perfect GPA and graduating from Warren County High School.

Cole Millard, left, and Bailey Barnes earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average while attending both Motlow College and Warren County High School at the same time as part of Motlow's dual enrollment program. Motlow College Photo.
The pair were two of 14 dual enrollment graduates at Motlow this past year. Joining them, from Coffee County High School, were Kayla Bartlett, Sydney DeBerry, Jacob Farless, Hunter Powers, Madison Rigney, Dylan Sandoval, Aubrey Southerland and Michael Watters II; Leah Burchfield, Dekalb County High School; Addison Lahayne, Siegel High School; Samantha Reed, Lincoln County High School, and Haley Yarbough, Stewarts Creek High School.

Motlow College's dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. Students can take classes on a Motlow College campus, online, or even at a partner high school.

High school students who have completed their sophomore year and have met all requirements for taking the desired college courses may apply. Public, private and home-schooled students are all welcome to apply to the program.

"Motlow offered me a great opportunity to earn an associate degree before graduating high school," said Barnes. "When I found out I had that opportunity, I was thrilled. I have always been one who enjoyed a good challenge, and Motlow's dual enrollment program gave me that challenge."

The program gives students the chance to seamlessly transition from high school to college. The core curriculum credits transfer easily to Tennessee's public colleges and universities while allowing students who are working on a four-year degree to save money on tuition.

"Keeping good grades in both college and high school was not easy, but in the end it was a fun, rewarding experience that I am so glad I got to have," added Barnes. "Motlow allowed me to enter Tennessee Tech University as a junior, so now I get to go straight into my major-focused classes, which I really look forward to."

Barnes plans to major in political science while earning a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech in 2017.

"I am truly grateful that Motlow allowed me to save two years of my academic career through a unique and engaging format," added Barnes.

While attending high school and college simultaneously may seem like a difficult task, dual enrollment gives students an edge, both educationally and financially.

"My Motlow experience was both challenging and rewarding," said Millard. "Taking high school and college courses at the same time was definitely not the easiest route to choose at this point in my life, but it has made all the difference. I am grateful to Motlow for providing me with this opportunity to advance my education as quickly as possible."

Millard plans on attending Brigham Young University this summer before serving a two-year mission for his church.

For more information about Motlow's dual enrollment program visit the program website or contact Lori Mevis, high school partnership programs specialist at the college, at 931-393-1823 or