How earning a college degree while in high school changed this student’s life

This is the last in a six-part series of stories about programs that offer high-school students the opportunity to take college classes.

The series was produced with support from the Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship program. (Read parts one, two, three, four and five here).

Over the past week, MarketWatch has been exploring the rapid expansion of opportunities for high school students to take college courses — and its implications.

Raul Gomez, 23, knows about these topics first-hand.

During his time at an early college high school in El Paso, Texas — a school designed to help students earn their associate’s degree by the time they graduate — Gomez took several college courses.

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