Students graduate college before high school

Published 11:42 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

Students were recognized on Thursday morning for dual credit as several students completed Basic Nursing, and EMS. Seven of the students completed the first year of Pharmacy Technology classes, all before graduating high school.

Two students, one from Bridge City and the other from Buna, attended night classes at Lamar State College – Orange (LSCO) after attending high school courses all day.

The Dual Credit Program is a partnership with LSCO and West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District to allow qualifying students to attend classes at the college, earning college credit hours while still in high school.

“I am so proud,” Director of Education and Mathematics Suzonne Crockett said. “My heart is full knowing what you have accomplished. This is just the beginning of your journey.”

This year marked the first time the EMT classes were available for the students according to dean of Health Services and Workforce Technology Gina Simar. The nursing classes have been offered for eight years.

Retention Mentor, Dean, Health Sciences, Workforce Ed Jessica Jeanette Montgomery encouraged the students to study, study, study for their certification exams.

“This is an awesome opportunity for students to have a jumpstart on a career,” WOCCISD Superintendent Rickie Harris said. “The goal is for opportunities.”

WOS High School student Diamond Young, EMT certificate, said she chose to take the classes because she enjoys helping people.

“I wanted to get a head,” Elaysia Thiornton said. “I want to be a Pharmacist. I wanted to be in the medical field but I know that is not for me and a pharmacist is the closest to being in the medical field.

Thirty-three students received their certificates and pins.

Dual Credit Students Spring 2017

EMS Basic

Allen, Shatyra

Barlow, Elecia

Barnes, Jazmin

Brumfield, Natiyah

Hernandez, Cruz

Holt, Alexis

O’Neal, Ariah

Ortiz, Guadalupe

Potter, Bryce

Smith, Jaquieshia

Switzer, Alexis

Tezeno, Alexcia

Wilson, Latricia

Young, Diamond

Oranday, Hope

Hilton, Braedon


Basic Nursing

Lewis, Shaylyn

Mickey, Markayla

Nickerson, E’Laziah

Prater, Jonae’

Roberts, Alazha

Vital, Ja’Tayjah

Braud, Demetria

Brown, Jasmine

Culver, Destiny

Davis, Da’Nayzia

Edwards, Jara

Franklin, Quanzaidre


Pharmacy Technology

Paul Ivory

Rita Jenkins

Sidnee Lewis

Abigail Luna

Jasalyn McClelland

Kaleb Ramsey

Elaysia Thornton