South Ottawa Early College

Earn your diploma and a college degree in just three years!

South Ottawa County Early College  (SOCEC) is a program that allows selected students to extend high school by one year in order to earn both their diploma and up to 62 college credits from Muskegon Community College (MCC) at no cost to the student.

Students receive special support to help improve their academic performance as they complete both high school and college coursework and secure their future education and career related goals. College costs including registration and technology fees, textbooks, and materials needed to complete the courses of study are covered. Transportation to various MCC sites are the student’s responsibility, however if bus transportation is available from the school during grades 11 and 12 they may be used by the student.

  • Degree earned by extending high school graduation by one year
  • Students receive support services throughout their Early College experience
  • Enjoy high school activities as well as high school extracurricular activities
  • Enjoy college intramural teams and club sports as well as other college educational activities
  • Tutoring services and libraries available at both the high school and college
  • Complete your diploma and FREE college degree

Selection Process

Phase I

MCC Application

Letters of recommendation

Complete MCC Ready to Succeed assessment

SOCEC Application


Phase II

Interview with the Student’s Family

Interview with the Student

10th GRADE

Students apply during their 10th grade year. Each year a maximum of 50 tenth-grade students from the participating school districts, will be accepted into the program. Accepted students will attend a one-week orientation program held at the Holland GVSU and Muskegon campuses.

11th GRADE

  • Begin program with half day at high school and complete 13 college hours
  • Attend College Success Seminar
  • Specialist will be available for individual needs
  • Complete three college hours in the summer or may elect to take between grades 12 and 13

12th GRADE

  • Attend high school at least two hours
  • Complete 22 college hours
  • Specialist will be available for individual needs
  • Complete three college hours in the summer if not completed in summer before grade 12

13th GRADE

  • Complete 24 hours and high school fourth year math or fourth year English course at MCC site
  • Specialist will be available for individual needs

For more information, interested high school student should contact their high school counselors.