Bell County senior Noah England is on the verge of completing a very special accomplishment. Not only is England one of four Bell seniors that will graduate in May having already earned an Associate’s Degree from Southeast Community & Technical College, he is completing all of the prerequisites to attend the University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy.
England has put a lot of hard work into taking advantage of Bell County’s dual credit program.
“I’ve worked through all of my summers four or five classes at a time and this semester I had to call and ask for special permission to go over their hours cap,” he said.
He’ll graduate Bell High with a total of 90 college hours and has already been accepted by UKCOP.
Bell County superintendent Tom Gambrel said England was perfect example of how the dual credit program can benefit students.
“He has completed 90 hours. That’s the record so far, but we have people that are on his heels for next year,” Gambrel said. “We’re very proud to partner with Southeast Community and Technical College and the University of the Cumeberlands to offer dual credit programs to our students.”
England lives in Middlesboro and is the son of Jamie England and Mary England.
He said he chose pharmacy after doing a lot of job searching at the high school, knowing some pharmacists and because his grandfather, Jack McCann, always through it was a good field to get into.
“I like medicine and science and I wanted a way to help people without being as hands-on as a surgeon so pharmacist was just the best thing for me to go into,” said England.
He said dual credit program was just getting put together when he started taking college classes at Bell High.
“I would say about 40-percent of my classes came through the program and then I had to reach out to my Southeast advisor Rian Edwards about what I needed to do to complete the dgree,” he said. “Jason Edwards, the UKCOP recruitment officer, showed me the extra prerequisites I would need to get into pharmacy college.”
England, who is 17, plans to take some business classes at Southeast this summer. He’s hoping to become one of 30 UKCOP students chosen each year to also work toward an MBA starting their second year.
If all goes acording to plan, he’ll be finished with college by age 21 with his ParmaD and MBA along with the Associate’s of Science.
“I’d love to get into corporate pharmacy, maybe manage a local pharmacy. Eventually it would be great to open my own community pharmacy,” he said.