Posted on May 16, 2012 by Sally Mesarosh

The Maricopa Community Colleges' system cannot readily track the number of students who earned an associate's degree while they were still in high school.

But an increasing number of high-school students are earning community-college credits. More than 16,400 students were enrolled in Maricopa County community-college classes while in high school in the 2010-11 school year, up from more than 14,300 five years ago. Figures for the 211-12 school year were not available.