On May 16th, 11 students were recognized for completing the Martin University School of Education High School Dual Credit Program, a partnership between Martin University and Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS) Graduation Academy.
They received their high school diploma and college credit in Early Childhood Education. Four of these students are registered to attend Martin in the Fall. This program allows high school students to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and college credits, putting them on a path to a bright future.
"We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the students of Grad Academy for their remarkable achievement in completing the High School Dual Credit Program", said Dr. Huddleston. "This milestone is a testament to their dedication and resilience in pursuing both their high school diploma and college credits simultaneously. We commend these students for their commitment to their education and their determination to unlock a brighter future. Grad Academy and Martin University have opened doors of opportunity for these students, and we are proud to witness their success. We celebrate their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they continue their educational journey."
The partnership between Martin University and IPS provides students access to higher education when they may not have considered it an option otherwise. Research has shown that dual enrollment can lead to higher grades in high school and make students more likely to complete an undergraduate degree.
Since the Fall semester of 2022, 20 eleventh and twelfth-grade students who attend Grad Academy have earned 108 college and 36 high school credits while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.41. Of the students graduating, 27%, or three, have committed to enrolling full-time at Martin University in the Fall to pursue their undergraduate degrees. 100% of the students surveyed stated that had it not been for Grad Academy and Martin University, they would not have finished high school, let alone enrolled in college courses. These students inspire others to pursue their dreams and take advantage of the opportunities available to them through education.