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UDC is starting a program with DCPS high schools that would help top students get bachelor's degrees sooner.
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UDC is starting a program with DCPS high schools that would help top students get bachelor's degrees sooner.

Alan Sessoms, the president of UDC, says high school students receiving good grades can take all Advanced Placement courses as juniors and seniors.

So at the end of that four years of normal high school, you get your high school diploma, but you have two years of college credit and then in two years, you get a bachelor's degree.

They're discussing hiring new faculty and funding but Sessoms says the biggest challenge is counseling.

"We want to make sure the students who are 16- and 17-year-old kids are prepared to deal with the environment so it's going to be joint counseling, making sure their parents are engaged, it'll probably require significant time on the weekends," he says.

Sessoms says the program will start in two DCPS high schools and then expand it to all 17. He expects at least 200 students to participate.

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