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Earn your Associate Degree from the one of Michigan’s Top Community Colleges!

Early College Muskegon County 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. While students must provide their own transportation to the MCC campus, all other college costs including registration and technology fees, textbooks, and materials needed to complete the courses of study are covered.

Students can apply for Early College during their 10th grade year.  Applications are available in the high school counselor’s office or by clicking on the link below. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, be able to reach set scores on the MCC placement test, and be on track to graduate high school.  Students should see their high school guidance counselor for additional requirements set by their home-based district.

  • 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 up to 62 credits

For questions about the program, please contact:

Val Shelby Val Shelby
Dean, Early College of Muskegon County
(231) 777-0217


10th grade students in Muskegon County – Applications for Early College Muskegon County are on hold for a short time. EC Staff will resume the process as soon as we can return to campus! If you did not have an opportunity to test prior to closure or your application is not fully complete, no worries! Email me at val.shelby@muskegoncc.edu and let me know you have applied or are still interested in applying.

MCC Placement Test Information with Practice Questions

Early College Parent Presentation Information Fall/Winter 2020-21

Early College Brochure

Early College New Student Application

New Student Application to MCC

Early College students share their experiences (VIDEO)

Accelerated Technical Institute (ATI) Outline

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