Student Spotlight: Dual enrollment at Durham Tech pays off for incoming N.C. State junior

As part of Durham Tech’s dual enrollment program, Kayla Graves has worked hard on high school and college courses concurrently, and now that focus on education is paying off.  

Graves, who graduated from high school this spring, will start at N.C. State University this fall as a junior looking to major in psychology and become a psychiatrist.  

“It was not easy. Time management is a massive thing because I am a student-athlete at my high school,” Graves said. “I handled it by focusing and with help from family and instructors.” 

Graves attended Durham School of Technology high school, and when she had the opportunity to begin college classes at Durham Tech, she knew it was the right move. Graves highly recommends the dual enrollment program to those who are interested and able.  

Dual enrollment is a unique educational opportunity that allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses while still attending high school. It offers a bridge between secondary and postsecondary education, giving students a taste of college life and academics before officially starting their higher education journey. Students can earn high school and college credits at the same time. 

“It may be tough at first, but you get the hang of it. The instructors are amazing at communicating well and helping at all turns,” Graves said. “I am proud of myself for jumping at the chance and finishing what I started. Now it is paying off.” 

Graves said that starting at N.C. State as a junior will assist her family financially and allow her to enter her chosen profession earlier, a prospect she looks forward to.  

“I have enjoyed the people I have met and my instructors and of course the learning, but goodness, I will be glad to get out into the work world and start helping people,” Graves said. 

Graves finished high school with her high school diploma as well as an associate's degree in arts from Durham Tech, which she graduated from Cum Laude. She was awarded the People Helping People scholarship and also served as president of Durham Tech’s honor society while enrolled at the College.