By Richard Bammer/RBammer@TheReporter.com
For nearly 60 incoming Vacaville Unified freshman, school was already in session Tuesday, 10 days ahead of their peers, as they began the inaugural class of the district’s Early College High School program at Solano Community College Vacaville Center.
A joint effort between the district and SCC, the program — a chance for high schoolers to earn an associate’s degree or up to 60 transferable college credits during high school — targets low-income youth, English-language learners, students of color, and those who will be among the first in their family to graduate from college. Books and tuition are free. Those who earn the maximum number of college credits would be eligible to completing a four-year degree in half the time — and at half the cost.