Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Meet Reynolds Advanced College Academy Graduate (’15) Jordan Carrier

Submitted by Steve Vehorn, assistant director of public relations, Reynolds Community College

I was fourteen when I made the decision to join the inaugural class of the Advance College Academy (ACA), and I can’t help but look back at that little girl and thank her for not doing what was easy, but what was best for her future. It would have been easy for me to continue with the International Baccalaureate Program, but I was intrigued by the opportunities this new program offered me. It seemed far-fetched, even impossible, that I could get a college degree while I was in high school and transfer to a four-year university as a junior.

A few years later, I remember my first college classes, and wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into. But in retrospect, I was gaining a valuable edge over other high school students. When I started my first year at the University of Mary Washington (UMW), my peers did not see the value in actually reading the assignments for class and had not learned how to write for college classes. What I had struggled through in high school, I watched my new classmates struggle with in college, where other pressures and stresses were so much greater than those I experienced at Tucker High School. 

Every single credit I took through Reynolds Community College in the ACA program transferred to Mary Washington and counted toward my major and toward my general education requirements, allowing me to graduate. While it was bittersweet, graduating before everyone else my age, I am so much closer to accomplishing my goals than I would have been without this program. I have been accepted into the Richmond Law Class of 2020 and will begin a new journey there this fall. As an economics major, I also have a fuller appreciation for the financial benefit of cutting my undergraduate student debt in half. ​

The time and financial benefits of this program are easy to see. But I place so much more value on the skills I gained by being pushed toward excellence by my mentors and teachers. They inspired me to do my best work and instilled in me an overwhelming desire to make them proud of me. I hope that so far, I have. 

Jordan transferred 60 college credits from the Reynolds ACA to UMW and graduated in May with a B.S. in Economics, after only two years at UMW. Jordan is starting law school in the Fall 2017 at the University of Richmond on a full academic scholarship. She is a UR cheerleader and anticipates being able to earn her law degree at the age of 23.'

Laura Osberger

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