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Lawmaker introduces dual-enrollment legislation

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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was in Flint on Tuesday to talk about legislation he's introduced to help make college more affordable.

“One thing that I'm concerned about every day and I'm sure most people in our state are concerned about is the rising cost of an education,” Peters said.

The measure would support the expansion of dual-enrollment programs which allows high school students to earn college credit.

Flint resident Mikah Walker is a student at Mott Middle College High School.

She's set to graduate this spring and has already earned 40 college credits.

“I've been able to watch surgeries I've seen multiple patients It's crazy the amount of experience I've  gotten,” Walker said.

One of the best parts? Walker said she's done it all for free.

“It's a big weight off my shoulders my family could not afford to send me off to college without the help,” Walker said.

Only 7 percent of students in Michigan currently participate in dual enrollment programs.

Peters said he wants to see more students get a head start in college.

“This kind of programming makes it affordable no matter who you are or where you live, should have access to higher education,” Peters said. “That's why this bill is so important to make sure everybody can purse their dreams and not worry about how they're going to pay for it.”

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