Prince George's launches 'middle college' program

LARGO, Md. (AP) - Students in Prince George's County will begin studying in Maryland's first middle college program for high school students to simultaneously earn college credit.

Prince George's Community College opens a two-week introductory session Monday for ninth graders in the college's new Academy of Health Sciences. It is designed to help students make a smooth transition from middle school to high school.

A middle college is a high school program on a college campus. This program will help prepare students to enter a college program in the health sciences field. It will provide require high school courses that are required for a Maryland high school diploma.

Students can earn up to two years of college credits.