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Over 100 Kern County High School Students Earn Associate Degrees

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — More than 100 Kern County high school students will graduate from Bakersfield College with associate degrees this spring.

The college said it had 102 high school graduates who also earned associate degrees through its Early College program. Students come from Wasco, Delano and Arvin high schools and other areas.

The Early College program allows high school students to take college courses in British Columbia toward an associate’s degree or certificate.

One of this year’s graduates is Delano High senior Alejandro Hernandez, who walked through the graduation stage on Friday to accept his degree as well as an associate’s degree from Bakersfield College.

At just 16, Hernandez earned a 4.4 GPA and an associate’s degree in liberal arts from British Columbia. In the fall, he will be a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

Hernandez said he hopes his experience and journey will inspire others.

“I just hope for the best for everyone. I hope they can find the motivation and the will to succeed like I have these few years,” he said.

For more information on the Early College program, Click here.