Pre-College and Career Experiences

PCC

Just ONE experience by the 12th grade can create lasting success! Pre-college and career programming available here in Muskegon County include:

 

Advanced Placement (AP) AP classes provide students with the opportunity to take college level courses in high school.  AP courses are also available online.  Each post-secondary institution determines college credit awarded for qualifying final test scores. Course assistance and enrollment is obtained through high school guidance counselors and/or classroom instructors in each district.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) State-approved CTE programs provide students to start in a career field and potentially earn college credit or course waivers while in high school.  CTE courses are available to ALL high school juniors and seniors. Job Placement services are available to qualifying student. Academic credit in English, Math, Science, and Visual/Performing Art are also available. Course assistance and enrollment is obtained through high school guidance counselors and/or classroom instructors in each district.

Direct Credit/Concurrent Enrollment (DC/CE) Direct credit/concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college courses offered through a postsecondary institution that are taught at the high school, during the school day, by college faculty or by high school teachers that qualify as adjunct faculty.

Dual Enrollment (DE) High School students who dual enroll attend at least one high school course and simultaneously attend a degree-granting post-secondary institution. Students may dual enroll if they have a qualifying ACT Plan, PSAT or Michigan Merit Exam score. Courses can count for high school credit, college credit, or both. Course assistance and enrollment is obtained through high school guidance counselors and/or classroom instructors in each district.

Early College Program or School (EC) An Early/Middle College program is a program that allows a student to earn a high school diploma and either an associate degree, or up to 62 transferable college credits simultaneously. Students follow a specific, five-year program of instruction.  College credits are earned through dual/concurrent enrollment. Student services such as teachers as advisors, MEMCA approved college readiness curriculum, supervised course selection, and close student monitoring are included. Program application and enrollment is obtained through high school guidance counselors and/or MAISD Early College staff.

International Baccalaureate (IB) IB is a two-year curriculum available in an IB approved school where students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally. Within curriculum, there is an emphasis on asking challenging questions, critical reflection, developing research skills, and mastering how to learn. Community service is also encouraged.  Each post-secondary institution determines college credit awarded for qualifying final test scores.  Course assistance and enrollment is obtained through high school guidance counselors and/or classroom instructors in each local district.  Note: IB has been offered in the past within our community, but at this time currently there are no approved schools offering the option.  

Resources and Links:

Earning College Credit in High School – Revised_4-2-13

Michigan Merit Curriculum – Crosswalk to Completion Chart