Meet Abbie, college grad at age 18!

abigail arkens at computer

Meet Abbigail Arkens, an interactive design media student from West Bend.

Abbie may seem like a typical 18-year-old student, but unlike many of her peers, she graduated high school halfway done with her college degree!

When she was a freshman in high school, she took it upon herself to seek out career options with Moraine Park Technical College. With the help of her school’s Youth Options program, as well as Moraine Park staff, she developed a full career plan. Abbie took AP classes her freshman and sophomore year of high school. By her junior year, Abbie was taking dual credit classes, meaning those classes were counted as college credits.

When she walked the West Bend East stage at her high school graduation in the spring of 2017, she had already completed one full year of college.

Today, Abbie is preparing to finish her journey at Moraine Park Technical College. She has two summer courses to complete and then she will be a college graduate with an associates degree in interactive media design, all before the age the 19!

The best part, dual credits aren’t unique to Abbie. This program is offered to high school students in many different areas of study.

The sky is the limit for Abbie and Moraine Park wishes her the best of luck as she seeks out internship options on the West Coast! You can view Abbie’s portfolio by clicking here.

To learn more about dual credit options, visit

Written by Kristina Haensgen
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