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New Prince George's County program offers college degree for $10,000 or less

New Prince George's County program offers college degree for $10,000 or less (ABC7)

Whether it's running for office or reaching the honor roll, Jasmine Sanders is accustomed to aiming high.

At 16 years old, she's already taking courses in college. The Charles Herbert Flowers High School junior advised, "If you just work hard and you focus on what you need to get done, it really helps in the long run."

Sanders is one of 18 students at Flowers enrolled in a new scholarship program called 3D Scholars.

Dr. Mara Doss represents the program at Prince George's Community College and explained, "Not only is it affordable but it also is supportive and it gets the students through college."

The program allows Prince George's County Public School students to earn dual credit at Prince George's Community College and eventually earn a bachelor's degree at University of Maryland University College for $10,000 or less.

Blakely Pomietto, acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UMUC told ABC7 News, "They will have earned 30 credits in the high school, 30 credits at the community college, and for accomplishing those milestones, we're going to help pay the rest of the way."

The program offers three career paths: Business Administration, Computer Networks and Cyber Security and Criminal Justice.

Daniel Asaboro, a junior at Flowers is pursuing Cyber Security with the hopes of becoming a computer engineer.

"I'm taking two classes. One of them is called General Psychology and the other one is Introduction to Technology. I think it's a great opportunity and I really like the program so far," he expressed.

Sanders appreciates the lower cost.

"It's nice to know that my parents won't have to pay a lot of money because I do have another sibling and he's in college right now too," she shared.

To qualify for the DC Scholars program, students must be in the 11th grade, take a college placement test, write an essay and have at least a 2.5 grade point average.

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