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ECAC Welcomes 5th Cohort

ECAC logo Forty-eight students from around Allegan County have been accepted into the Early College program. These students will be taking college classes half the day at the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center their junior and senior years as well as committing to a 13th year.

“We are excited to announce our 5th Cohort for the Early College of Allegan County,” said Evy Houser, ECAC Dean. “Students will finish the three year program with their Associates of Applied Arts, Associates of Business, or Pre-Apprentice Certificate Machine Tool Technology as well as their high school diploma. Currently we have 123 students in the Early College Program.”

"Our family feels very blessed that our daughter, Clara was accepted into the ECAC program,” said Onawa Terberg of Plainwell. “The biggest treat is to see how her acceptance jumpstarted her internal passion and excitement towards accomplishing her goals. We can’t wait to see what her future holds."

Prospective ECAC students apply during their 10th grade year. The application process includes writing an essay. Incoming ECAC student Christian Mendoza Huynh of Fennville wrote, “I am fully committed to the ECAC program because I want to go to college and focus on my future. This program allows me to have real world applications and a jump start to learning skills I will need to be successful. Some examples are gaining a strong work ethic, improving my writing skills, mastering my time management, and also it allows me to advance my critical thinking skills.”

The class of 2022 begins their journey with a week-long summer success program. Classes begin in the fall.


Author: Tom Scheidel, Allegan Area ESA