Taking Advantage: How This Student Jump-Started Her College Career

high school advantage, veterinary technology

Mackenzie Rucker

Not everyone knows in high school what they want to do with their life. For some, it can take years or even decades before they figure out what they are passionate about and want to pursue.  For Mackenzie Rucker though, becoming a vet tech was a decision she made early on. So when she heard about Globe University’s High School Advantage program, it didn’t take her long to enroll. 

The High School Advantage program allows high school seniors and juniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, who apply for admission to Globe University, the opportunity to get a jump-start on a their college career.  A high school senior enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program is eligible to take a total of up to four tuition-free courses. 

Mackenzie enrolled in the veterinary technology program at Globe University-Madison East in the winter quarter of 2012 and was able to take two courses free of tuition while still in high school.  “When she was a High School Advantage student,” says Director of Admissions Brittany Knutson, “you didn’t know because she made herself at home on campus.”

Mackenzie chose Globe University because of the small class sizes and the one-to-one attention. 

This quarter Mackenzie had a gap between classes and asked to sit in on the Introduction to Veterinary Technology class she had taken the quarter before.  Brandie Moker, the instructor, was pleasantly surprised to have Mackenzie join the class saying, “It’s very difficult to monitor a large group and MacKenzie was great about helping newer students learn restraints and techniques.  She helped the students learn record keeping, which is always a difficult concept. She was incredibly helpful!”

Outside of Globe, MacKenzie goes horseback riding every weekend and enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Her dream is to work with large animals, but she can see herself working in a small clinic with both large and small animals. When asked to share a piece of advice for her fellow students, MacKenzie said, “The more you pay attention and attend school, the better it will be.”