Wendzel Legislation Seeks to Increase First College Program Participation

A bill by state Rep. Pauline Wendzel that seeks to address a problem that prevents some community college students from participating in sports has been approved by a Michigan House committee. She tells WSJM News this is for students in the college’s early programs. Wendzel says that under current state law, a student enrolled in an EMC is not permitted to participate in varsity athletics in the fifth year of their program. Under his bill, a student could compete as long as he exhausted his four years of high school eligibility. Lake Michigan College approached her about the legislation.

“The local community college came up to me and said, ‘Hey, we have a problem. We think this is a great program, the college undergraduate program. We believe that some students do not participate in this because they are not eligible to play sports and would like to. Seemed like a pretty easy fix to me.

Wendzel says the bill could help increase participation in early college programs at community colleges. It was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee this week. The legislation has the support of Lake Michigan College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the Michigan Department of Education, several other community colleges and the Michigan Community College Association. He now goes to the set of the State House.

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