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Student receives Associate's Degree before her high school diploma

Isabella Lopez (Source: KXXV) Isabella Lopez (Source: KXXV)
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Isabela Lozano graduates from McLennan Community College Tuesday night, but she hasn't even received her high school diploma.

Lozano graduates with honors and receives her Associate's Degree of Science. She graduates from University High School at the end of the month.

She is the first student at University High School to accomplish this academic achievement since Waco Independent School District and MCC partnered to provide a free dual-credit program for high school students.

"In November of 2015 Waco I.S.D. had a tax ratification election and one thing we promised the voters is that if they approved our tax increase that we would pay for all dual credit classes for all students that didn't qualify for a tuition waiver through MCC," said Scott McClanahan, Director of Advanced Academic Services for Waco I.S.D.

Lozano took advantage of the opportunity.

"I'd be up at 7:00 am waiting for the bus to transport me to MCC, and I would take classes in June, and two classes in July and it started from there and ever since then I loaded up on classes," Lozano said.

The University High School class president and National Honor Society member will be at least four semesters ahead when she begins the next phase of her education at Texas A&M University.

Lozano plans to major in Biomedical Engineering.

"It takes a lot of hard work and time management, you can be involved and still can make those A's - if I did it, anyone can do it," Lozano said.

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