SANFORD, Fla. -

Seminole County Public Schools and the Seminole State College of Florida are partnering to allow students to complete their Associate in Arts degree while they earn their high school diploma.

The option, which begins in the 2014-15 school year, will be offered to students at Crooms Academy of Information Technology.

Current 10th grade students will be the first group who are eligible to pursue the new degree option, according to officials.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the program take a mix of high school and dual-enrollment courses on-site at Crooms. Seniors transition to taking classes at Seminole State with transportation provided.

Once the students successfully earn their high school diploma and A.A. degree, they can then continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree at Seminole State or at one of Florida’s state universities.