Attended Owens 1997-98
'I was able to earn 12 hours of college credit before I graduated from high school. All the credits transferred ...when I started in the fall. Not only was I ahead of the game, I was more focused than my counterparts since I had already been in college for a year.'
Profile of Excellence: Samantha Matzinger
Owens Community College Alumna
Samantha Matzinger, Account Executive at WNWO-24, was not a typical senior at Bowsher High School. Instead of taking senior-level high school classes, she was getting a jump-start on college at Owens Community College.
"When I met with my guidance counselor to schedule my last year of high school, I realized I already had enough credits to graduate," recalls Samantha. "I needed a challenge to stay motivated. When the counselor suggested the newly-offered Post-Secondary Options program at Owens Community College, I jumped at the chance."
The transition between high school and college was easy. "At the time, I was one of the few from Bowsher that took advantage of the program, but I felt very comfortable at Owens," states Samantha. "The class size was small and I received a lot of one-on-one attention from my instructors."
As Samantha explains, "I was able to earn 12 hours of college credit before I graduated from high school. All the credits transferred to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh when I started in the fall. Not only was I ahead of the game, I was more focused than my counterparts since I had already been in college for a year."
The benefits did not stop there. The curriculum at the Art Institute was very demanding, with the last two quarters devoted to the student building his or her portfolio. If the student does not produce a passing portfolio, the student does not graduate. "Since I had earned a semester of college credits while in high school, I could focus efforts and time on my portfolio," tells Samantha. "I had a tremendous advantage over my peers."
Owens offers the Post-Secondary program that allows academically enhanced or talented students to enroll in college classes while in high school. Depending on the program, the courses may provide both high school and college credit. In most cases, the state and student's home school pay the tuition and related expenses.
"I am glad to hear that Owens has expanded this program to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors," remarks Samantha. "I highly recommend this program to high school students. It is a great opportunity to 'try out' college, gain transferable credit and get a head start on your future."
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