Brandon Carter became one of the first students at Columbus’ Africentric Early College to qualify to take classes at Columbus State Community College – and the very first to receive his associate degree along with his high school diploma. Those successes helped him move towards his goal of working in technology.
Taking college-level courses as a high school junior pushed Brandon academically for the first time.
“Being exposed to early college was kind of like a gift for him,” said Eleanor Vickers, Africentric’s college liaison at the time. “Being at a traditional high school would not have challenged him, or allowed him to grow the way he did.”
Brandon agreed. “Columbus State was a big challenge for me compared to high school. The teacher doesn’t hold your hand so much,” he said.
But he found that he didn’t want his hand held either.
Completing college coursework not only challenged Carter, but also helped set his college applications apart from the pack and helped him be the first in his family to earn a college degree.