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17-year-old Ohio student earns college degree before graduating from high school

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 16:09:20-05

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — On Tuesday, a junior at Warrensville Heights High School became the youngest student from his Ohio district to graduate from Cuyahoga Community College.

“Everyone is usually pretty surprised when I tell them I’m only a junior in high school,” Cameron Ray, 17, told Warrensville Heights school officials.

Ray graduated from college with an associate degree in the arts. He plans to head to Cleveland State University in the spring to study film directing, school officials said. He will graduate high school in 2021.

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Ray graduated from college with an associate degree in the arts. He plans to head to Cleveland State University in the spring to study film directing, school officials said.

Ray was part of a program called College Credit Plus that gives seventh- to 12th-grade students the opportunity to graduate from college early by taking part in the state's dual enrollment plan, according to school officials. Ray was in middle school when he started prepping to start his college journey at Cuyahoga Community College. He was one of seven individuals taking part in the program who graduated this semester.

The program started in 2015 and, since its inception, thousands of high school students have attended Cuyahoga Community College.

Warrensville Heights has a dual credit program that, through a collaboration with CCC, allows students to go to college at no cost to a student's family. According to Warrensville Heights school officials, the program has saved families in Ohio nearly $150 million in tuition just in 2017-2018 alone.

At CCC, Ray went to classes with older students. When asked by Warrensville Heights school officials if that made him nervous, he replied, "I’ve learned that sometimes it’s the best things in life you’ll be fearful of, but you’ve got to push yourself and get acquainted."

This story was originally published by Drew Scofield on WEWS.