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More Colo. high schoolers taking college courses

Kevin Simpson
The Denver Post
DENVER, CO--SEPTEMBER 17TH 2009--Gloria Valladares, 16-years-old, jr., speaks to her class during an assignment in Lori Poole's public speaking class at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College school Thursday morning.THE DENVER POST/ANDY CROSS

Not long ago, Denver high schooler Erika Ruiz couldn’t picture herself taking a college-level class. Now, she dreams of attending Stanford, Princeton or maybe Harvard.

About 1,700 miles to the east, Lauren Goh lives that dream: The recent Golden High School graduate enrolled at Harvard this year and navigates her freshman year with the confidence of a student familiar with the demands of a college schedule.

For both students, the dreams were powered by programs that give high school students an early taste of college – a concept called concurrent enrollment, which dates to 1981.

Now, new state law has streamlined existing programs in hope of expanding the pool of potential college students and offering those who might drop out a reason to stay in school.

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