Brandon Miller will be a self-assured college student when he starts classes at Boise State University in the fall. Through his experiences in Western Nevada College’s Jump Start program, Miller is ready to hit the ground running in Boise, Idaho.
Miller took advantage of Virginia City High School’s participation in WNC’s Jump Start College by earning an associate degree at WNC while completing his final two years of high school education.
Therefore, Miller will enter Boise State as a junior and have the opportunity to enroll in core courses for his political science major and his business management minor.
“Thanks to the Jump Start program, I can say that I feel confident going into next year at Boise State University and being prepared for their classes,” Miller said.
Through WNC’s Jump Start College, high school students in Northern Nevada can earn as many as 60 college credits before they graduate from high school. Besides Virginia City, participating high schools include Aspire, Carson, Churchill County, Dayton, Douglas, Fernley, Pioneer, Pyramid Lake, Silver Stage, Smith Valley and Yerington, as well as I-School, Nevada Homeschool Network, Nevada Virtual Academy and Oasis Academy.
Despite being younger than many of his college classmates, Miller learned that he fit in.
“It was good to be in an atmosphere where everyone was going through the same challenges of college,” Miller said. “It took me some time to realize, but what I had to contribute in my classes was just as important as what everyone else had to contribute.”
To succeed in his college classes, Miller made sure that he utilized the academic resources available to all students at WNC.
“I found myself in the tutoring center ever so often and even in a professor’s office to ask questions about assignments,” Miller said. “It can be intimidating to seek help, but the staff at WNC was very kind and always wanted to help.”
The academic workload also required Miller to adjust.
“The amount of homework was the most difficult part for me,” he said. “I was pretty well prepared for the program, but I had to get used to the amount of studying and research that the classes require.
Miller and his family paid little out of pocket during his two years at WNC. Virginia City High School paid for his tuition and fees.
“It seems completely unreal to have been given this opportunity and earn an Associate of Arts degree,” Miller said. “It is even crazier to think that I will be graduating from WNC three weeks before I graduate from my high school.”