Hannah Partin, a Sumter native, graduated from Lakewood High School in 2018 as the salutatorian for her graduating class. She started her journey with Central Carolina Technical College as a student in the Dual Enrollment program when she was a junior in high school. Because she was a dual enrolled student, she had a total of 30 college credits when she officially started as a freshman at CCTC. Currently, she is finishing the rest of her general education classes before she applies for CCTC’s Associate Degree Nursing program. When asked why she chose to be in the Dual Enrollment program at CCTC she says, “I really liked the idea of being able to get a head start and see what college classes would be like compared to high school classes. I’m almost two full semesters ahead now because of doing the dual enrollment program when I was in high school.” What she enjoys most about CCTC so far is the lab environments in her biology classes. “I took a tour of the Health Sciences Center to get a feel for the nursing classes once I do enter the program and I’m really looking forward to working with the advanced mannequins in the simulation labs. Eventually, after I graduate from CCTC, I’d like to continue my education and receive a bachelor’s degree.”
While enrolled at CCTC, Hannah has been involved with volunteer work at Mental Health America in Sumter. She was also recently inducted into CCTC’s Beta Eta Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Her advice to anyone who’s considering Dual Enrollment at CCTC is, “It’s a great way to get a head start whether you’re going to a four- year university or a technical college, it’s good to already have completed some of the classes you’ll need.”