For Phillip Breeding, graduating from Poteau High School this spring, with a 3.9 GPA, marked not only the completion of his K-12 education, but also the completion of an Associates of Science Degree in Biological and Pre-Professional Sciences from Carl Albert State College.
Moving to the area from Washington state, Breeding remarked that he was always impressed with the appearance of the Carl Albert campus. Before going into his Junior year at PHS, Breeding’s father, Grant, began talking with the high school counselor and researching local concurrent programs to assist his son with getting a few college credits out of the way. Running across the concurrent program at Carl Albert, offered at local high schools, he approached his son and asked if he might be interested. Phillip jumped at the chance, and the rest is history.
Now, Breeding has graduated from Poteau High School, and will enter The University of Oklahoma as a junior, instead of an incoming freshman. Breeding graduated from Carl Albert with a 4.0 GPA. “The program was really good to me,” said Breeding. “The staff was always available to help me, and I always felt comfortable going in for assistance. The instructors were also great, and very helpful.”
Breeding has big plans for the future; his goal is to attend OU School of Medicine and become a surgeon. “I’m undecided on what type right now,” said Breeding, “but I am leaning toward becoming a heart surgeon.” Breeding will enroll at OU as a Biology/Premed student. He is also the recipient of a State Regents’ Academic Scholarship.
“If a student is considering concurrent enrollment, I would tell them just to go for it,” said Breeding. “Yes, it’s a little intimidating at first, but the staff and faculty at Carl Albert are really helpful. Be confident that you can overcome your fears and be successful!”