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Moving into senior year students can enroll in concurrent classes to get a head start on college courses. Concurrent enrollment is a program for juniors and seniors to have the opportunity to earn college credits. The program allows students to get a jumpstart on college. It benefits their future by saving tuition and giving credit hours towards college graduation. From in class lectures to online essays, concurrent allows students to have more freedom and teaches them responsibility. Oklahoma City Community College offers concurrent courses for Westmoore students. 

Concurrent affects a student’s school schedule. It allows students to have a more relaxed and organized schedule. Some students take two college classes only two days a week, while others take all their classes online. Either way, it allows students to have space and more free time. Having only two classes a week can give students a later start time or an early arrival home rather than a six hour school day.

“I’m only at school for three hours. I go in late and leave early, so it has definitely made school more bearable.” senior Siamyra W. said. 

The college environment can be different than a high school’s environment. In high school students are used to having classes with grade level friends, but college classes differ in ages and students. There can be a pregnant teen mom, 40 year old man, and a college senior all in one class, and that’s the beauty of it. College classes also differ in the amount of responsibility given.

“The classes require more out of you. There’s a lot more writing involved in classes and you will get called out if you aren’t on top of your work,” senior Madison B. said. 

It is clear to say that a big part of concurrent is self discipline.

Although sleeping in sounds fantastic, there are bigger benefits of the concurrent program. Courses can give a head start to a college environment. Jumping right in from high school to college can be overwhelming and stressful, college is a whole new atmosphere with no expectations, that’s why concurrent can be beneficial.

“Concurrent has allowed me to gain invaluable chances at pre-college experiences and has taught me to focus on time management and self motivation,” senior Peyton G. said.

The overall key factor in the concurrent program is getting students started into the college life. Having this experience before going to a bigger university or college, can help make the transition a little smoother.

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