More than 25 students in Monroe Public Schools' Class of 2014 have already earned a two-year Associate of Arts degree from local community colleges through the state's Running Start program.
Through Running Start, students in grades 11 and 12 are allowed to take college courses at state community and technical colleges, as well as some universities. Students do not pay tuition; though they must pay college fees, buy books and provide their own transportation. Credits earned apply to both high school graduation requirements and college degrees.
The graduates earned their degrees from Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, Everett Community College and Seattle Central College.
Monroe High School: Jared Bernhardt, Rebecca Casey, Chloe Cory, Dylan Creed, Jade Gifford, Brittany Hawkins, Darian Huotari, Chellise Kemis, Anya Liebman, Erin Maki, Julia Olson, Blanca Rodriquez and Jeffrey Strand,
Sky Valley Education Center: Monica Goodwin, Nicholas Hall, Max Hansen, CeAnna Heit, Danika Hollefreund, Shelby Keeley, Jamie Kisela, Abby Lawrence, Kesia Lee, Zoie Miller, Olivia Navarro, Quinton Rosencrans, Alexandra Wied and Caleb Zard.