Fontana teen, 17, earns 4 AA degrees before graduating from Los Osos High – Daily Bulletin

Joaquin Gonzalez-Salgado added a high school diploma to his academic collection this spring – four associate degrees.

How did the 17-year-old Fontana resident do?

With a little help from Chaffey College’s dual enrollment program.

Gonzalez-Salgado earned the four degrees before the first day of senior year at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, his mother Christina Gonzalez-Salgado wrote in an email.

He technically graduated from Chaffey in 2023, but participated in the 2024 commencement ceremony on May 16 – a week before walking with high school classmates in Los Osos on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Gonzalez-Salgado earned a 4.86 GPA at Los Osos High and was in the top 1% of his graduating class, his mother wrote. He also plays the flute and was involved in many campus activities.

After being accepted to nine colleges, Joaquin chose Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and will begin there in the fall as an engineering major on a tuition-free scholarship.

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Here are his answers to a few questions.

Q: You graduated from community college much earlier than your peers. How did you let this happen?

Each semester of my high school year, including summer, I took roughly two to three Chaffey courses and, along with the help of some Advanced Placement classes, was able to graduate with an associate in economics and three other associate degrees before I graduated high school!

Q. What made the difference?

Planning, 100%! If you have a goal like this, thoroughly planning your course of action and successfully sticking to the plan certainly made all the difference when it came to graduating from Chaffey College. I think flexibility is also a big factor. Because there are always things you have no control over, make sure you are flexible in dealing with changes!