Early College Newaygo County
Get a Jumpstart to Your Career with a Free Associate Degree
Parents, do your students want a head start on their career or want to finish their college degree sooner? If so, talk to your high school counselor about the Early College Newaygo County (ECNC) Program. The Early College Program is an engaging three-year program that offers high school students a jumpstart in advancing their careers. Start sooner and finish sooner by earning up to 62 credits for free through Muskegon Community College while still in high school. The Early College program combines college coursework, a supportive cohort of students and staff, and essential skill building to better prepare students for high-demand and high-wage careers.
Apply in 10th grade for this impactful opportunity and start in your Junior year. During grades 11 and 12, students continue to take high school requirements while also taking college courses. During their thirteenth year, students attend Muskegon Community College full-time, completing their high school diploma and earning an associate degree. This sets students apart and helps them reach their career goals sooner while saving money. Tuition, fees, books, and required materials are paid for so there is no cost to the student. Additionally, for the first two years, the Career-Tech Center bussing is available for classes offered at NC RESA, with students being responsible for transportation during the thirteenth year.
Although students appreciate saving money and getting a jumpstart to their career, students like Aubrey have also shared that they really enjoy the friendships made.
“I appreciate the Early College program because it has allowed me to meet new friends that have supported me since the beginning, and they have helped me succeed in the new environment of college,” stated Aubrey, a 2025 Cohort Student.
Interested students can apply during their 10th grade year. Ask your high school counselor about Early College and get your ECNC application today at the high school counseling office or visit www.ncresa.org/ecnc for more information. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now available. Completed applications are due no later than March 3, 2023.
For more information, please contact Melissa Miller, Administrator of Career and College Readiness, at 231-924-8857 or email@example.com.
2024 and 2025 Early College Cohorts are connecting during their summer orientation with a tour of the Muskegon Community College campus and team building at Camp Henry.
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