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Schools Rule: Holt’s Early College Program, part II

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 4:12 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - In this edition of Schools Rule, WILX News 10 is following up with two students in Holt’s Early College Program.

Two young women are working toward their associate degrees at the same time as their high school diplomas, and they had to do it all while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s like, okay I’m going to be doing high school and college classes this is going to be tough,” Gladys Kamdem, an Early College student, said.

Kamdem just walked across her graduation stage but still has one more year of school before she earns her high school diploma.

“I’ve learned a lot more about myself going through this program and I just feel like I’ve grown so much throughout the process,” Mimi Gutierrez, an Early College student, said.

Their high school process has been unique. Not only are they enrolled in Lansing Community College and in high school courses, but both young women also had to juggle that extra course load during a global pandemic.

“I feel like interaction is one of the most important things,” Kamdem said. “We had a lot of great supporters during the process.”

Kamdem said it was important to stay on top of coursework and Holt’s support made the process that much easier.

Gutierrez said handling the extra course load made it easier for her to transition to online learning.

“I enjoyed the flexibility so much that down the line I’m going to continue to do the nursing program at LCC,” Gutierrez said.

Kamdem and Gutierrez will be enrolled in LCC next school year with plans to pursue careers in health care.

“Really reflect on why you’re doing it, because if you don’ really know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’re not going to have the drive or the motivation to do what you’re supposed to do,” Kamdem said.

“I’m taking some biology classes next semester and those have to be online, and we have certain times of when we have to log in and be present online,” Gutierrez said.

Kamdem is majoring in biology and said she would like to be a doctor someday. Gutierrez plans to continue her college career at LCC and then University of Michigan-Flint to become a nurse.

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