Start college in high school

Michael Stavros
Diploma 2 Degree graduate 2014
“D2D put me ahead of the curve.”

It’s not your typical student who earns his or her high school diploma and associate degree at the same time – that’s what makes Michael Stavros unique. He was one of 18 Baltimore County Public High School students to complete the first Diploma 2 Degree program.

Graduating in 2014, Stavros started taking college courses at CCBC in his sophomore year. D2D students had rigorous schedules that were only for those who were truly committed. In the end, it paid off with all of the 18 students accepted into four-year colleges of their choice, many with scholarships in tow.

“D2D helped in introducing me to different styles of teaching from a variety of professors and getting used to having less graded assignments than in high school,” said Stavros. “It was certainly beneficial as it put me ahead of the curve relative to my peers having already garnered my associate degree. I was already acclimated to the college workload before I made the big jump of living on campus at a university.”

CCBC has several Early Access programs that help high school students get a jumpstart on college. In addition to D2D, take a look at Parallel Enrollment, College 4 Free, Career and Technology pathways and a new Diploma to Career program (D2C) scheduled to start this fall.