Wayne-Westland Community School District approved for middle school program: What to know

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – The Wayne-Westland Community School District hopes a new program will increase the number of students heading to college.

The district won approval for a program that can save students and their families two years of college tuition and fees.

The school district will have 1,800 seniors graduating this year and less than half will go on to post-secondary education or go to college, but that’s expected to change dramatically. The state approved the district for a college program.

Students accepted to college essentially earn actual, transferable college credits while simultaneously completing their high school diploma. They cross the stage with their classmates upon graduation, but will remain in the college program for an additional year as a sophomore year of college.

When they complete their college classwork, they will earn an associate degree. If they choose to go to a college or university to get a bachelor’s degree, they enter that institution as a junior because the credits are transferable.

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Currently, 46% of Wayne-Westland School District graduate students are pursuing post-secondary education. The district expects 60% of graduating seniors to be college-bound by 2025.

The college is part of their public education offering, saving students and their parents two full years on a bachelor’s degree. This means it also saves two full years of tuition and college fees.

Students can begin applying for college this fall.

Read more: Michigan High School Students Can Get College Credits at No Cost to Them: Find Out If You Qualify

Click here to ensure that the courses you are taking will be transferred at the college or university you plan to attend next. This website is a good indicator, but you should always check directly with the school you want to attend.

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What is the first college?

Early Middle College is a five-year program that has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education that allows a high school student to earn college credit as well.

High school students enrolled at the start of college will receive instruction at a public or private Michigan college or university. School districts are required to pay tuition, required course fees, materials fees, and registration fees for enrollment in eligible courses, unless the costs exceed a certain prorated percentage.

Secondary students can start the program as early as 9th grade.

Students enrolled in the 5-year program can obtain their high school diploma and one or more of the following diplomas:

  • 60 transferable college credits

  • An associate degree

  • A professional certification

  • The Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) Technical Certificate

  • Participation in recorded learning

Here are the different types of programs:

  • Early Middle College High School: means a self-contained public secondary school, where 100% of students are enrolled as EMC students.

  • Early Middle College Program is a high school program designed to serve less than 100% of the high school population.

  • The Early Middle College Consortium program is made up of multiple school districts with a coordinating agency.

Click here to find out more on the start of college.

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Click here to find out more from a different program, double registration.

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