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Early College Access

  • Early College Credit – Articulating CTE programs that prepare students for employment and further education through a planned, sequential program of study that includes at least the last two years of high school and the first two years of postsecondary education resulting in articulated or transcripted credit.
  • Dual Enrollment – Students enrolled in secondary school may also be enrolled at a local institution of higher learning, such as a community college or university. If students pass their college classes, they receive credit that may be applied toward their high school diploma or toward a college degree or certificate


Graduate Profile

Ashley Koepping

Ashley Koepping

South River High School &
Center of Applied Technology (CAT) South
Anne Arundel County

2013 National SkillsUSA Competition Gold Medalist

Academy of Health Professions

Ashley is a 2013 graduate of South River High School and the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) South in Anne Arundel County and is currently attending Stevenson University in the Nursing Program. In her senior year of high School, Ashley displayed a gold medal winning performance in medical assisting at the National SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City last June. Ashley’s skills in medical assisting were challenged in five skill areas varying from practical to clerical skills. Her experience in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Academy of Health Professions (AHP), formerly known as the medical assisting program, at CAT South and through the SkillsUSA has helped her in many ways. "My focus on medical assisting has greatly increased, and it has helped me with both my job and school performance. My experiences at CAT South totally kick-started my career."

Ashley graduated from South River High School as a "dual completer." "I really have to credit my school counselor at South River for letting me know what I needed to know to be a dual completer." This means that she was able to take the four required CTE courses for the AHP program and the required academic courses that would prepare her for the challenges of the college level work she will face at Stevenson University. In addition, she took the required classes for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) program and passed the state licensing examination earning her CNA/GNA certification. Kudos to Ashley and to CAT South for their partnership with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC); offering high school students the opportunity to earn three transcripted credits in Medical Terminology within the Academy of Health Professions program at CAT South upon successful completion of the proficiency exam. This partnership enabled Ashley to sit for the AACC Medical Terminology Proficiency Exam, which she passed, enabling her to earn the three transcripted credits. "This relationship with AACC is of true benefit to students" says Lu Carnucci RN, M.A.Ed, Academy of Health Professions instructor at CAT South, because students are awarded a letter grade on an A,B,C scale for Medical Terminology enabling the student to take these credits to the college or university of their choice.

And, that’s not all. Ashley enrolled in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program at AACC while in high school and obtained a PCTII certification. She was able to skip the PCT I course due to her CNA/GNA certification that was obtained at CAT South. Ashley estimates that her family has saved about $2,000 in tuition by taking advantage of CTE programs at CAT South. To relax and relieve stress Ashley participates on the golf team and in her spare time she enjoys quilting. After graduating from Stevenson University as a registered nurse, Ashley plans to become a travel nurse. Travel nurses have been used throughout the country on an ongoing basis to help ease staff shortages, adjust staff levels for specific times of the year, or fill positions when nurses are on maternity leave or undergoing training.