- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - Cleveland City Schools has joined a new early degree program through Cleveland State Community College that offers students the opportunity to graduate high school and college simultaneously.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (bit.ly/205PHGU) the city school board voted in a recent meeting to commit $32,000 to build the Tennessee Valley Early College program over a two-year period.

The four-year program incorporates dual credit and dual enrollment courses.

Cleveland State President Bill Seymour says the program is an opportunity for high school students to earn associate degrees in fields such as mechatronics and business.

Cleveland High School English teacher Anita Atkins says the program is part of an effort by Cleveland schools to explore personalized learning options and will provide students with hands-on project-based learning.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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