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Commonwealth Middle College Orientation Welcomes New Class

The Commonwealth Middle College (CMC) on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College welcomed 80 upcoming high school juniors during a new student orientation on May 16. The teens will join 50 middle college seniors currently in the program this fall.

Being a part of the middle college is going to change my life, said Alexis Rouse, 16, from Lone Oak High School. Its a such a great opportunity to get to go to college, save money, and be a step ahead in my education.

Since its inception in 2009, the middle college has selected students from Marshall and McCracken Counties. This year, however, the CMC has expanded its outreach by adding students from Graves County and Paducah Independent school districts.

CMC Principal Donna Wear said expanding to include students from other schools was a natural progression for the middle college. In August, we will have six high schools in four school districts represented at the middle college with a total of 130 students, Wear said. Were very excited about the growth in the program.

The CMC program is designed to help students stay focused on their education while earning as many as 36 college credit hours, which are free to the students thanks to a partnership between the Lay Family Foundation, Inc., of St. Louis, Marshall, McCracken, and Graves County schools, Paducah Independent Schools, Paducah Junior College, Inc. Foundation, and WKCTC.