Allegan Area Superintendents listen to the Early College/Allegan County announcement at the Tech Center.
County students will have an opportunity never seen in this area with a
new partnership and program announced today with Lake Michigan College
and the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency. Through Early
College/Allegan County (ECAC), students will have an opportunity to
graduate high school with an Associate’s Degree, at no cost to them or
their parents. This program is for students in the AAESA school
districts and is scheduled to begin this fall with approximately 50
students, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership that will expand
our population of students that can make college education a reality,”
says Mark Dobias, AAESA Superintendent, “A free college degree was not
something available to our students until now.”
Michigan College currently provides early college services in 52 area
school districts,” stated LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison, “We’ve had a
lot of success so far and we’re expanding and improving the program
each year. We’re excited to extend this exceptional opportunity to
students and families in Allegan County.”
extends high school by one year allowing students to graduate with both
a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree, or LMC credits that
can be transferred to a 4 year university, at no cost to the student.
Here are some key details of this opportunity:
• All ECAC students will attend college classes at the Tech Center in Allegan.
• Students can choose between an Associate’s of Arts degree and an Associate’s of Applied Sciences in Business degree.
ECAC is a 3-year plan where students take a mix of high school courses
and college courses each year of 11th, 12th and 13th year. (see further
details in brochure)
• Students will not pay for classes, books or transportation to the Tech Center for college courses.
ECAC students can participate in high school sports and
extra-curricular activities during 11th and 12th grade as course
schedules permit; and can participate in college intramural sports teams
and clubs during the 13th year as course schedules permit.
• Students will receive guidance from an administrator or advisor for individual needs throughout the three years
is geared to the population of students with college potential, but
might face obstacles in college becoming a reality. These are motivated
students on track for graduation. ECAC students must apply; selection is
based on GPA and test scores and recommendations. Each student and
his/her family will also be interviewed by the ECAC Advisory Team.
Students must apply during their 10th grade year. Each year, 50 students
from across the Allegan Area ESA will be accepted into the program.
Those 50 slots will be split among the AAESA’s seven districts –
Allegan, Fennville, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland.
will receive per pupil funding from the state for these students all
three years. These funds will pay for the student’s courses and
materials. Districts are holding parent and student meetings to further
explain this new program in the coming weeks and to get the application
process started. Students can obtain more information at their high
school guidance offices.
For more information, go online to the ECAC link: www.alleganaesa.org/ecac