Lexi King is a high school senior that recently joined the ranks of COTC alumni. King attended COTC through College Credit Plus (CCP) and graduated with an Associate of Science this month, a few weeks before getting her high school diploma from East Knox High School.
“I’m really proud,” she said about her accomplishment. “In the beginning, I was a little hesitant because I was a [high school] junior going into college classes — a real college student. It’s a lot different than high school. The experience opened my eyes to what I can do.”
For the last two years, King took classes at COTC’s Knox campus in Mount Vernon while still participating in high school extracurricular activities. At East Knox, she is president of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and a National Honor Society member. She played volleyball and organized the bitty ball league for Knox County, coaching and introducing younger girls to the sport.
King was admittedly hesitant to enroll in CCP. She was a 4.0 student and enrolling in college courses meant the grade she earned would be a permanent mark on her college transcript. She felt prepared to take on the challenge though, taking solace in knowing that there’s help at COTC in academic advising and tutoring if she needed it. And King excelled, graduating with honors and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“Being in CCP prepares you for the future and gives you a head start on your career,” she explained. “Having COTC classes behind my back, I now feel more prepared. I know what a college class platform is like; I know about professors and writing a paper.”
King will begin at Ashland University with a major in nursing in the fall. She has already received her freshman schedule, which included credit for four classes. She plans to work as a registered nurse and then continue her education to become a nurse practitioner.
“Without CCP, I could be a year behind in classes and experience. Now I know what college is like when I go to Ashland,” she said. “I am very lucky to have been able to do this.”