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Accelerated education: engineering student’s fast track to college degree

Justin Joran ASU enigneering student

Justin Jordan

Posted March 22, 2013

At 18, many college students are still undecided about their major. So Justin Jordan is a bit ahead of the game. Actually, a lot more than a bit ahead. The 18-year-old Arizona State University chemical engineering major is set to graduate this semester.

And he’s already enrolled in the accelerated “4 plus 1” program in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering that will enable him to earn a master’s degree next year.

Jordan’s achievement caught the eye of a local television news reporter, who produced a short feature on his speedy journey through undergraduate studies.

Growing up in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Jordan earned his high school diploma taking courses at Gateway Early College High School at Gateway Community College and Primavera, an online high school. He got through those studies in two years and earned 45 college credits by age 15.

He considered attending a number of universities, including Stanford, but decided he liked ASU’s “ever-improving engineering program.”

It was a high school teacher at Gateway that influenced his choice of a major. “He got me interested in chemistry and was able to keep me interested, which is a feat itself, given my short attention span,” Jordan says.

See the ABC New15  feature about Jordan.


About The Author

Joe Kullman

Joe Kullman is a science writer for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Before joining Arizona State University in 2006, Joe worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines dating back to the dawn of the age of the personal computer. He began his career while earning degrees in journalism and philosophy from Kent State University in Ohio. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-965-8122 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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