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Levi Neaveill

Levi graduated from Richland and his high school at the same time

Levi was one of three students in 2017 that graduated from Richland Community College and high school at the same time. Mason McNamara, from Cerro Gordo High School, has balanced two schools, work, extracurricular activities, and his own personal priorities to accomplish this amazing goal.

Levi was part of Richland’s Transfer Academy. The Transfer Academy was developed to accelerate and facilitate completion for students interested in fast-tracking a bachelor’s degree, using a dual credit concept. The Transfer Academy allows part-time students to complete the General Education Core Curriculum credential in four semesters.

High school students interested in Richland’s Transfer Academy can choose from a morning schedule or an afternoon schedule taking 3 courses (9-11 credit hours/semester). They attend class with other Richland students and Richland faculty provide instruction. Richland works closely with the students and their high school to assure the college classes also apply toward their high school credits for graduation. Each student’s academic transfer plan is developed to meet individual personal academic goals.

According to Cathy Sebok, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, “High school students who rank above average in academic achievement may enroll in selected transfer classes at the Richland Transfer Academy and receive both college credit and high school credit.”

A challenging adventure, but one with great benefits:

Levi juggled football, track, basketball, and band while attending both schools. He also took part in Model United Nations, chess club, and high school theater. “I wanted to attend Richland to take more rigorous and challenging classes,” he said. “Professors like Larry Klugman helped me push myself. He was my favorite,” he added.

In addition, Levi admits that his advisor, Cathy Sebok, encouraged him to get started, “She helped me, by far, the most. I tell other students to go for it and meet with a Richland advisor.”

His future is bright:

Levi has been accepted to the University of Illinois College of Business and is currently on a waitlist for the University of Pennsylvania. He will double major in Finance and Economics.

“I always wanted to attend an Ivy League school. This experience has made me realize what I can accomplish,” Levi explained.

“Graduating from college and graduating from high school at the same time is such a great opportunity. It is really rewarding to be able to know you have taken rigorous college classes as a high school student. In the end, it’s something you can be proud that you have accomplished,” added Levi.

Click here to see the feature on Levi, and his classmate, Mason, that aired on WICS News.


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