Elijah Robinson, said what drew him in was graduating with a high school diploma and an associate degree. “It was a no-brainer. My experience at Parkway was probably the greatest high school experience. My teachers were supportive,” he said. Parkway Center City Middle College, the first-of-its-kind in the state, is a program that offers many first-generation college-bound students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in liberal arts from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), while also earning their high school diploma. Donald “Guy” Generals, president of CCP, praised the partnership. “This is a national model to show that level of resource support for education and for higher education, post-secondary education and a way to further advance this idea that education needs to go beyond the 12th grade,” he said. Students at the school can end up graduating high school and go right into their junior year of college, if they choose to pursue a higher education.