More high school students earning college credit are taking advantage of programs enabling them to earn an associate’s degree or technical certificate tuition free.

High School Students Earning Early College CreditAt Baker College in Michigan, a program allowing high school students to opt for dual enrollment in the Lake Orion and Avondale school districts will be available in the 2016-2017 school year.  According to Lake Orion High School assistant principal Chris Bell, the program is generating much interest.

“It’s the equivalent of a $40,000 scholarship,” said Bell.

The Early/Middle College program will be available to high school juniors.  For two years they will take college classes at the high school, while taking their regular requirements for high school graduation.  In addition, they will commit to a “13th year” at the Baker Auburn Hills campus.

After the “13th year”, students will have an Associate’s degree or certificate applied toward a Bachelor’s.  Up to 60 credits can transfer if they choose a different four year college.

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