Seniors in Tuscaloosa City Schools will soon be able to transition directly to Shelton State Community College upon graduation through the "You Are In" program announced Monday morning.

TCS superintendent Mike Daria and Chris Cox, the interim president of Shelton State Community College, announced the partnership in a press conference at the TCS District Office Monday.

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Through the program, graduating seniors who complete a free entrance application and provide photo ID will be automatically accepted at Shelton State.

Daria and Cox said the partnership will ensure every graduating senior will have a decision made for their future prior to walking across the stage to receive their diploma.

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“We want to ensure that all TCS graduates have a plan when they graduate high school, whether the student is employed, enlisted or enrolled,” Daria said.

Representatives from Shelton State will be at the TCS high schools this week to assist those who are looking to sign up for the program. Participating students will immediately be assigned an advisor who will assist them with other parts of the process, including registering for classes.

"We're excited to let every graduate know that we have a place for them at Shelton State," Cox said.

The city school system boasts around 11,000 students attending 21 schools across Tuscaloosa. Watch the full press conference with Daria and Cox below and stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more updates on primary and secondary education in the area.

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