County districts eyeing early college programs beginning in September

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The Livingston Educational Service Agency is awaiting word on an application to the Michigan Department of Education to create an early college program in the county that will offer high school students a five-year program combining high school coursework with the first two years of college. This program will allow students to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable credits, an industry credential, or an associate’s degree.

The Howell Public Schools District passed its resolution of support for the program on April 10, and it is planning to begin early college programs in health sciences and manufacturing in September. Students will begin taking college courses in their junior year, increasing the number of college courses until they are almost fully enrolled in college courses in their fifth year.

The cost of the college courses will be covered by the school district.

During its meeting on Monday, April 10, the Howell Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the Livingston Educational Service Agency’s (LESA) application to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to create an Early College program in the county.

“By passing this resolution, the Board of Education has expressed its support for the LESA Early College program,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “I am very excited at the possibility of bringing these programs to Howell High School. I know that the early college program will greatly benefit our students and set them on a path to an outstanding career.”

LESA and Howell Public Schools are working with partners from both the business community and higher education institutions to implement the early college program.

The Brighton Area Schools will reportedly pass a resolution of support for the program at its next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Board Room of the BECC Building, 125 S. Church St. in Brighton.

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