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Associate Degree Proposal Presented to Charlottesville School Board

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Imagine graduating high school with a high school diploma and an associate degree. The Charlottesville School District and Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) are teaming up in an attempt to help students do just that.

At Thursday's Charlottesville School Board meeting, the district's superintendent and the president of the college presented a proposal to the school board for the program.

Here's how it would work: seniors at Charlottesville High School could take classes at the college and would earn an associate degree in either computer science, engineering, biotechnology or a career studies certificate in computer network support technology.

Although there are no details on how the classes would be paid for, PVCC President Frank Friedman says he hopes the school district can find the money in their budget - rather than from families.

"Then it's an even playing field, whether you come from a wealthy family or a not so wealthy family, you can take these courses if you're academically capable," he stated.

Friedman says although details are not set in stone, the idea is that seniors would spend their mornings at CHS, and then take a shuttle over to the college in the afternoon. Students would then be shipped back over to the high school before the end of the day for after school activities.

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