While plenty of schools in the area offer the ability for students to earn college credits while attending high school, Lacey is currently the only one in Ocean County that offers a path to an Associate’s Degree from Ocean Community College (OCC) while simultaneously attending high school (OCC is an accredited, coeducational, two-year, public, community college).
The OCC Academy has a special track in Lacey Township High School that started in the 2013-2014 school year. Students are able to accumulate as many as 64 college credits over their final two years in high school. This would be split between 30 credits during their junior year and 34 credits during their senior year.
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With the average yearly cost over $28,000 (tuition, fees, room and board) to attend a university in New Jersey, this program can greatly reduce the cost and workload in obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree.
The curriculum would include basic, or core classes, of both high schools and colleges, like Biology, Western Civilization, English, and Algebra. Junior year classes have no prerequisites to take before enrolling. In creating the curriculum, the classes are held to both the standards of the college and to the state for high school.
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The credits would be transferable to most other colleges, in fact, if the student gets an A.A., they would apply to other colleges as a transfer student, not as a new student.
This is an important distinction, since it is easier to get accepted to a four-year college as a transfer student rather than as a freshman. In effect, a student could graduate OCC in May and High School in June, then have a Bachelor's Degree before the age of 21!
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