Cagle pushed legislation last year that laid the framework for the system by giving local school boards more power to award high school diplomas to students in dual enrollment programs.
“This is going to spread across this entire state. In Germany, 1.5 million people are involved in this program. And we’re starting with 11. But you’ve got to till the soil. And today, we’re planting the seed,” said Cagle. “We’re doing something no one thought we could do. And we’re doing it together.”
Nicholas Kemp, a 15-year-old student, aims to be one of the first participants in the program. Both his grandparents were mechanical engineers and he’s eager to follow in their footsteps.
“I’m so excited,” he said. “I just want to graduate with a good job making good money. And this program sets me up. It gives me all the opportunities I need.”