It was the first day of class for the Vacaville Unified School District. But for the first time, about fifty high school freshmen left class early to attend classes at a satellite campus of Solano Community College.
They’re enrolled in the high school college program where they can earn high school and college credits. It’s designed for highly-motivated students and students who on the verge of not attending four-year colleges.
“Students who complete this type of a program have much higher probability of entering college, a four-year college and completing a four-year college, so really that’s the goal,” said Mark Frazier, Chief Academic Officer for the District.
It also saves them tuition because the program, including books, is free. That helps students whose parents can’t afford college, like Will C. Wood High School freshman Sierra Mauser.
“They cover everything, so that’s great,” said Mauser who wants to go to law school. Starting as freshmen, they can get two years of college credits and be ready to go to a University of California or Cal State University as Juniors by the time they graduate from high school.