Skip to main content
Skip to main content

WKU News

Advanced learning: Howard powers through WKU-O, OHS courses

James Howard graduated from Owensboro High School in May.

Last month, the 19-year-old started his junior year of college at Western Kentucky University-Owensboro.

He is WKU-O's first student to earn a high school diploma and associate's degree at the same time.

During part of the time he was enrolled in high school and college, Howard worked 25 to 30 hours a week as a server and cook at Cracker Barrel.

His overall grade-point average in high school was 4.2. At Owensboro Community & Technical College, he earned a 3.72.

During his first semester of college, Howard enrolled in seven classes — six at college and one in high school.

"I overdid it my first semester at OCTC," he said. "I was overwhelmed."

Even so, he finished the semester with one A and five B's.

The next semester, he enrolled in five college courses and one high school class. From that point on, he made straight A's at OCTC.

"He was always very focused and dedicated to his schoolwork," said Julie Combs, Howard's mom. "... Everything just came. He really never sat and studied for hours."

Howard was determined to finish his first two years of college by the time he graduated from high school. Because of his dedication and the dual-credit program, he didn't pay a cent for his first two years of college.

He always wanted to teach. It's in his DNA.

By the time Combs was a second-grader, she wanted to teach. Further back, the family has grandparents and great-grandparents on both sides who taught.

Combs taught more than 20 years. Now, she works with youth at River Valley Behavioral Health.

Howard recommends the dual-credit program, which allows students to earn college credits while they attend high school.

"It helped me grow up," he said. "You don't have teachers and counselors looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do."

Categories
All News  Now Viewing Category: All
Media Relations
President Caboni News
CEBS
CHHS News
Gordon Ford College of Business
Ogden News
PCAL
Academic Affairs
WKU Regional Campuses
Glasgow News
Etown & Fort Knox
Owensboro News
Transportation
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
The Center for Gifted Studies
Police
Emergency Preparedness
Facilities
Housing & Residence Life
Student Activities and Organizations
Augenstein Alumni Center
Campus Activities Board
The Confucius Institute
Cultural Enhancement Series
DELO News
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Museum
Downing Student Union
Hardin Planetarium
Health Services
Human Resources News
Instruments of American Excellence
International Student Office
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
Library News
Math News
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Office of Sustainability
Parent's Association
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Student Financial Assistance
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Employment
Student Government Association News
Student Research Council
Study Abroad
Van Meter Auditorium
WellU
WKU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program News
WKU Joint Admissions
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Latest Headlines
WKU Forensics Team competes in tournaments at Ball State

The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, to compete in two tournaments co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

Bo Matthews: WKU Glasgow's Volunteer of the Year

Superintendent Bo Matthews was honored as WKU Glasgow's Volunteer of the Year on Thursday, October 12, during WKU's 2017 Summit Awards at the Augenstein Alumni Center on WKU's main campus in Bowling Green.

Katherine Crider crowned WKU Homecoming queen

Katherine Crider of Dawson Springs was crowned WKU’s 2017 Homecoming queen on Saturday (Oct. 14).

Featured Articles
Katherine Crider crowned WKU Homecoming queen

Katherine Crider of Dawson Springs was crowned WKU’s 2017 Homecoming queen on Saturday (Oct. 14).

WKU recognizes top volunteers at Summit Awards

WKU recognized its top volunteers at the annual Summit Awards. Distinguished Service Medals to recognize the service of the University’s top volunteers were presented to Julie Harris Hinson, James G. Meyer and Linda S. Miller.

Robert Reich Visits Grise Hall for a Question & Answer Session with Students

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 5/2/17