#BlueRidgeGrad: Avalon Sweet

#BlueRidgeGrad: Avalon Sweet

By Emily Gill, Marketing & Communications Dept.

Graduation is always a cause for celebration, and Avalon Sweet has twice as many reasons to celebrate. This May, she earns a high school diploma through homeschool and graduates from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associates in Arts.

Avalon began attending Blue Ridge in 10th grade; homeschooling and the Career and College Promise (CCP) program allowed her to attend Blue Ridge full-time through her junior and senior years.

“My time at Blue Ridge has been so rewarding, and I got two years of college out of the way for free,” she said. 

It was an adjustment to go from studying at home to a classroom setting, but Avalon said small class sizes and attentive professors made the transition easy.

Even better, she discovered her interest in psychology which she will be studying in the fall at Brevard College where she earned a full-tuition scholarship.

Avalon encouraged all high school students to utilize CCP to boost their education and save money.

“You don’t have to be a top student to succeed in CCP,” she said. “If you get stuck, there are a lot of people who help you, and tutoring is available. It’s a great way to get an introduction to the college experience.”

Learn more about tuition-free CCP opportunities for high school students at blueridge.edu/ccp.