Carlee Vidolin, a Maricopa Homeschool student poses for a photo prior to the CAC Graduation Ceremony. [submitted]

Carlee Vidolin is one of four Maricopa homeschooled students who received an associate degree from Central Arizona College before graduating high school.

Vidolin received an Associate of Arts degree and will continue her education at Utah Valley University, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. Her goal is to attend law school.

Vidolin said she was grateful that CAC gave her an opportunity to graduate both high school and college at the same time.

“I feel proud of myself for doing this because this was not an easy process and I sacrificed a lot, but it was worth it!” she said in a news release. “CAC has amazing teachers who have all helped me through this experience.”

Vidolin offered some advice to other students.

“Reach out to your teachers as soon as you start to feel overwhelmed,” she said. “They can be a great source of help and motivation. When things feel like too much, they can guide you through your struggles. Sometimes when we get overwhelmed with our classes, we want to shut down, but keep going and showing up for yourself.”

Three other Maricopa homeschooled students received degrees from CAC as they graduated high school this spring:

  • Nolan Ford – Associate of Arts
  • Raina Nicholson – Associate of Business
  • Taryn Nicholson – Associate of Business