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Challenging the Typical Pattern

Posted on November 21, 2013

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Fashion design is all about challenging conventional thinking, and aspiring fashion mogul Emily McGee is off to a good start on that front.

Early in her high school career, McGee found herself anxious to get started on more specialized coursework. So, she threw out the traditional concept of a high school education and crafted a plan to take dual enrollment courses that earned her both high school and college credits, as well as online, evening and summer classes at John Tyler Community College. 

The pattern worked well.  McGee knocked out her core college requirements and graduated with an associate degree from John Tyler just weeks before she graduated from Clover Hill High School. It’s an idea that is trending with many local high school students who are driven to succeed.

Now, McGee is studying fashion merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University with plenty of time and money for the internships and study abroad programs she hopes will help launch her fashion career.

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