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Kirby Gamble, technically a super senior at Fruita Monument High School, is taking all of his classes at Colorado Mesa University through the ASCENT program, which allows kids to stay in high school for an extra year and take college classes on the school district’s dime. Here, he studies in front of the University Center on the CMU campus.


High-schoolers offered year of free college

Kirby Gamble is looking forward to receiving his high school diploma at the end of his first year at Colorado Mesa University.
The reason that sounds backwards but isn’t is because Gamble, 18, of Grand Junction, is one of 16 District 51 students participating this year in the Colorado ASCENT program, an acronym for Accelerating Students through Concurrent EnrollmeNT.

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