Imagine graduating from college before you even receive your high school diploma.
That’s exactly how George Booras ended his senior year Friday afternoon.
Booras graduated from Bossier Parish Community College with a Certificate of General Studies, eight days before receiving his high school diploma from Parkway High School. He’s spent the past four years taking dual enrollment courses at BPCC as part of Bossier Schools’ AIM Program.
“It’s pretty crazy to think about,” Booras said. “I’ve graduated from college before high school.”
Booras said starting college classes as a freshman in high school is what pushed him ahead. He earned his certificate with 9 credit hours based on ACT scores, and completing a total of 30 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a GPA of 3.9 at BPCC.
“I had the ability to take an extra class at BPCC on top of my full time classes [at Parkway],” he said. “It just skyrocketed from there. Every semester I would take a class at BPCC and classes at BPSTIL (Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning).”
Now, he’s looking forward to walking across the stage one more time Saturday, May 19, at the CenturyLink Center alongside his high school classmates. He plans to attend Louisiana Tech University, where he has been offered a scholarship through the College of Business.
Because of his certification from BPCC, Booras will begin taking sophomore level classes this fall. He encourages other high school students to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities while they can.
“Challenge yourself. Who knows what can happen,” he said.
Booras was one of eight local high school students to graduate Friday from BPCC, completing a total of five associate degrees, five certificates, and two technical diplomas. Also receiving postsecondary credentials were Christopher Gardner from Northwood High School; Garrett Gresham from Ringgold High School; Mackenzie Mitchell from Northwood High School; Nicolas Noel from Ringgold High School; Olivia Prado from Ringgold High School; Aileecia Tipton from Ringgold High School; and Katlyn Word from Ringgold High School.
“The hard work, determination, and perseverance of these students paired with the unfailing support of their high schools and families has enabled them to achieve these extraordinary accomplishments,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.
BPCC’s Division of Innovative Learning serves an average of 600 high school dual enrollment students each semester. Courses are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters on the BPCC campus, online, and at participating high schools.
For more information on BPCC’s High School Dual Enrollment Program, visit http://www.bpcc.edu/dualenrollment/index.html.