Ten Laurens District 55 High School Students Earn Certificates and Associate in Arts Degrees from Piedmont Technical College

May 14, 2023

Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) congratulates ten Laurens District 55 High School (LDHS) seniors for earning a Certificate in University Studies or an Associate in Arts degree from Piedmont Technical College (PTC). 

LCSD 55 in partnership with PTC, offers the LDHS Middle College Program. The Middle College program is an opportunity for LDHS students to earn an associates degree or certificate at PTC while they are still enrolled in high school. 

LDHS Principal Lewis Compton is thrilled about the Middle College Program at LDHS. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students both academically and financially. These students have a challenging course in which they embraced the challenge and succeeded,” said Principal Compton.   

The ten students eligible to walk across the stage at PTC in their spring graduation ceremony on May 4, 2023, have completed 60 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degrees that they can apply toward their studies at a four-year college of their choice.

LDHS senior student Anna Nance Reynolds received an Associate in Arts. She said, “I feel prepared to move forward and continue my education. Having a schedule that allows me the freedom to manage my own time makes me believe I will be ready for the crazy schedule I will acquire at Presbyterian College!” 

“Having this opportunity through LDHS is priceless. It allows me to manage my college classes because the associates degree from PTC satisfied my core class requirements. I can now focus on my major study requirements,” Anna added. 

Anna’s father, Dr. Seth Reynolds, strongly agrees with his daughter. He said, “We are thankful that Anna had the opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate of Arts Degree from Piedmont Technical College. The LDHS Middle College Program gives students the ability to jump-start their college career while in high school, and it’s a great way for students to become acclimated to the rigors of a college curriculum. Financially, because the program satisfies basic college degree requirements, this can be a game changer for many families trying to navigate paying for their child’s college education. We are very proud of Anna and all of her accomplishments!”

LCSD 55 Superintendent Dr. Ameca C. Thomas said, “We are thrilled to celebrate our high school students who are graduating with an associate’s degree. This accomplishment speaks to their dedication and hard work, as well as the strength of our partnership with Piedmont Technical College. We are incredibly proud of our Laurens District High School students for achieving such a remarkable milestone for the second year in a row. Their dedication and hard work have paid off, and we know they will continue to excel as they move forward into their next academic and professional pursuits. These students are well-prepared for success in higher education and the workforce, and we are excited to see their futures unfold.”