High school seniors earn associate of arts degrees through Westmoreland's College Now program


Date Published: May 15, 2017

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. -- Five ambitious high school seniors who earned associate degrees at Westmoreland County Community College were recognized Monday evening at the college’s commencement.

The students, who attend Ligonier Valley High School, are the first to complete the associate degree at Westmoreland prior to high school graduation. All are transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

They earned associate of arts degrees through Westmoreland’s College Now program, which combines Dual Enrollment and Early College classes.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Sheldon Kiser said. “It gave me an opportunity to see what college courses were like.” Kiser, of Stahlstown, plans to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh and major in pre-medicine.

“It was a great experience,” said Kailee Lear, of Ligonier. She plans to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh and major in neuroscience and pre-medicine.

Emma Frey, of Ligonier, will attend Duquesne University, where she will major in early childhood education. “It was just enough extra work, but it was manageable,” Frey said.

Brianna Bridge, of Ligonier, will transfer to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Jenna Deem, of Latrobe, plans to transfer to Penn State-Main Campus to major in aerospace engineering.