Dual enrollment in high school was Quintyria “Quin” Perry’s start to her college experience. Now, the first-generation college student is already on a path to her second degree after just two years on the Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) campus.

Perry shared about her experience at CVCC during the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees’ regular meeting on Wednesday, August 10, at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) in Montgomery.

“Taking dual enrollment classes with CVCC was my first step in making my parents proud,” Perry said.

Perry said she completed classes during dual enrollment to earn her associate degree and become a medical assistant. While she enjoys the career path, she determined after receiving an ambassador scholarship at CVCC that she wanted to pursue a second degree in information technology. The scholarship gives students the opportunity to serve as student ambassadors who proudly represent the college throughout the community.

“Scholarship opportunities are very important to first-generation college students like me,” she said.

“I have always loved technology and the technology industry only continues to grow…Even though I’ve had a lot on my plate as a young adult, my goals are important to me, and I understand that I must stay the course and work hard to achieve my goals.”

Dual enrollment is becoming a common path for Alabama’s high school students who want to gain both high school and college credit at the same time. Since Fall 2020, dual enrollment at Alabama’s community colleges has increased by more than 15 percent.

With dedication, it’s possible in Alabama to complete a full associate degree through dual enrollment prior to graduating from high school.

Perry offered the audience at the board meeting some thoughts that have helped her stay grounded as a college student

“Remember that what is meant to be, will be, and if it’s not meant to be… don’t force it. Allow yourself to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, because often times, in those uncomfortable moments, there is opportunity for growth,” she said.

“Surround yourself with positive people. Set short-term and long-term goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it because asking for help empowers you and your ability to grow and succeed.”