MGA Dual Enrollment Student Completes Associate’s Degree at Age 16

Dual-enrollment student Ryan Ashford is one of the #MGA Information Technology majors behind the development and maintenance of the vintage technology displays housed in the Professional Sciences building on the Macon Campus. Only 16 years old, he will make a bit of MGA history when he graduates this May with an associate’s degree in Information Technology. That will make him the second youngest student in MGA’s history to complete an associate’s degree. He holds a 3.93 GPA.

While it is not unusual for dual enrollment students to earn a fair amount of college credit before graduating from high school, Ashford’s case is unique because of his age and the fact that he will return to Northside High School in Warner Robins this fall for his senior year instead of moving on to his bachelor’s degree in the traditional way. He will spend his senior year completing some high school requirements and continuing to play in the Blue Wind Band. Ashford – whose mom, Tina Ashford, is a School of Information Technology faculty member – is an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and treasurer of the MGA Rotaract Club.

Ashford plans to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in IT from Middle Georgia State.