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Michigan City to Offer Early College High School

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February 28th — Beginning next fall, 125 Michigan City High School freshmen will have the opportunity to begin their high school career as part of an extended college readiness program, and graduate 4 years later with both a diploma and an Associate’s Degree.

The Michigan City Early College High School will function as a “school within a school.” College credit courses are offered in partnership with Purdue University North Central and Ivy Tech. Students who complete the program will accumulate 60 credit hours and an Associate’s Degree in either General Studies or Health Sciences. The schoolhopes to eventually offer other areas of specialty, including Engineering and Agricultural/Environmental Science.

Students eligible for free or reduced lunch will be able to earn the dual credits free of charge, and the credits are either free or very low cost for all others.

In a press release, Wendel McCollum, MCHS Principal, said “We are thrilled to offer the Early College curriculum for our students. It will give them a solid foundation for success beyond high school, whether they plan to pursue college or additional professional training.”

School officials plan to begin speaking with 8th grade students and their parents about participating in the program in March.

By: Sarah Holst

 

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