As a Grand Prairie native, she began taking dual credit courses from SE Campus in 2006. Dual credit students earn both high school and college credit for a particular course completed successfully before graduation from high school.
The courses are taken at any TCC campus and in some cases held at local high schools. Early high school enrollment students take courses for college credit in addition to their high school courses. The number of early high school enrollment students increased by hundreds in the last three years.
Currently a full-time Texas A&M student, Blackwell is taking six TCC credit hours online. She is enrolled in 13 credit hours on campus at A&M as well for a total of 19 hours.
“I like how all the classes I have taken at TCC are somewhat small. At A&M, many of my classes have more than 200 students in lecture,” Blackwell said.