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More Than 70 Students Complete Sinclair Community College Associate Degrees While Still in High School

Sinclair Community College recognized and celebrated the 72 College Credit Plus (CCP) students who are graduating next month with Sinclair associate degrees while still in high school. The students were recognized on Thursday, April 11, 2024, during a special graduation ceremony held at Sinclair’s downtown Dayton campus.   

Approximately 9,977 students, a record number, enrolled in CCP at Sinclair for the 2023-2024 school year. CCP is Ohio’s dual-enrollment program giving students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to take college courses for free and earn high school and college credit before graduating high school.  

CCP provides high school students the option to choose from a wide-range of courses and programs in both a career and technical field of study that prepares them for in-demand jobs, as well as general education courses that can be transferred to a four-year university.

“The opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school is a remarkable avenue for students to explore their academic interests and get a head start on their higher education. It allows them to challenge themselves and experience the rigors of college-level coursework, providing a taste of what lies ahead in their academic journey,” said Makiya Keeton, 2024 graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and Sinclair Community College.

Sinclair’s CCP students earned more than 72,000 credit hours for the 2023-2024 academic year.  By completing a degree in high school, these students and families saved more than $750,000 towards the future cost of a college credential.  

“Sinclair Community College is honored to have played a part in the educational journey of these remarkable students who are now halfway to a bachelor’s degree or prepared to enter directly into meaningful employment in rewarding, in-demand careers in our region. Completing an associate degree while simultaneously attending high school is an incredible achievement. We extend our deepest appreciation to the families, educators, and mentors who have supported these students along the way,” said Dr. Steven Johnson, President – Sinclair Community College.

Other 2023-2024 Sinclair CCP Graduation accomplishments include:

  • 68 Seniors, 2 Juniors and 2 Sophomores are graduating with Sinclair associate degrees. 
  • The graduating students represent 19 partner high schools with 17 of these high schools having courses running in their building with Sinclair faculty or credentialed high school teachers.

Top majors represented in the graduates for this academic year:

  • Electromechnical Engineering 
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • Associate of Science for Transfer
  • Business
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Psychology 

In addition to the students graduating with associate degrees, an additional 123 students are completing a certificate or short-term certificate.  

“Sinclair Community College is immensely grateful for the unwavering support and collaboration from our K-12 school partners in partnering with Sinclair’s College Credit Plus program. Together, we are transforming the educational landscape by empowering high school students to seize opportunities for advanced learning and college credit attainment while still in high school. This remarkable partnership exemplifies our shared commitment to fostering academic excellence and preparing students for future success,” added Liz Cicchetti, Chief School Partnerships Officer – Sinclair Community College.

Sinclair has CCP agreements with 153 individual high schools across the region. To learn more about CCP at Sinclair Community College, visit