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Early College Comes to Ferndale Schools in 2015-2016

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(Ferndale Schools Press Release, Feb. 13, 2015)

Early College is a program within a school that allows for students to earn both high school and college credit at the same time (up to 60 total transferable credits and/or an Associate’s Degree) and includes a “fifth year” of high school, with the majority of courses in the last year held on the college partner campus (also known as “13th Year”).  The college credits earned while in the Early College are completely free to students.

In partnership with Baker College, Ferndale Schools will launch its Early College starting next ctechadyear.  Students at both Ferndale High School and University High School will be eligible for the program and the chance to earn a free Associate’s Degree from Baker.

“Ferndale Schools couldn’t be more excited to offer such a great program like our new Early College.  Research shows that Early College students are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and are significantly more likely to earn a college degree than comparison students.  Being able to offer 60 college credits to our students for free is a great opportunity for our families,” said Ferndale Schools Board of Education President Jim O’Donnell

As part of the Early College, students will have a choice of four pathways for an Associate’s Degree awarded from Baker College; Computer Programming, Criminal Justice (in partnership with the Ferndale Police Department, which includes Police Academy option after 13th year), Sahara ad with wineMarketing, and Health Sciences.  Students who apply for the program and are accepted will choose their pathway in their sophomore year.  Courses can start as early as 9th or 10th grade, with the formal program beginning in the 11th grade year; courses include general course work and specific pathway electives.

“Baker College of Auburn Hills is pleased to be selected as Ferndale’s higher education partner in this exciting Early College initiative.   As Michigan’s largest independent post-secondary institution, Baker College has a long history of successfully preparing students for employable careers.  We are excited to be able to bring these opportunities to the students of Ferndale through this innovative program,” said Pete Karsten, Campus President, Baker College of Auburn Hills.

As part of the agreement between Ferndale Schools and Baker College there is also an DDAnew01opportunity for students not enrolled in the Early College to earn some college credit.  So while this is a fantastic opportunity for students who enroll in the Early College, it is also a  chance for all Ferndale students to accelerate their futures.

“This is a great example of our commitment to all of our students. We worked with Baker College to select career pathways that work towards an employable career for our students and transferable credits into a four year degree.  The Ferndale Schools Early College allows those students to experience college, earn a degree, become much more competitive in the job market right out of high school, or move forward with 60 transferable credits to finish their four year degree,” said Ferndale Schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt.

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