Early College Muskegon County

Earn your Associate Degree from 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, 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.

  • Earn substantial credits up to an associate degree  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
  • Eligible to play college sports during the 13th year
  • 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
(231) 777-0217
Jamar Ragland
Mentor, Early College
(231) 777-0476

Early College Muskegon County Brochure

Request Application to Early College of Muskegon County

Early College students share their experiences (VIDEO)

Accelerated Technical Institute (ATI) Outline

Selection Process

Phase I

MCC Application – please click here to apply to complete an MCC Student application

Early College Muskegon County Application

Phase II

Interview with the Student’s Family

Interview with the Student

10th GRADE

  • Contact a high school counselor and request an application
  • Accepted students will attend a two- day orientation program held at the Muskegon campus

11th GRADE

  • Begin program with half day at high school and complete 13 college hours
  • Attend half day at high school and complete 12-15 college credits
  • Attend College Success Seminars
  • Dean and Mentor will be available for individual needs

12th GRADE

  • Attend two hours at high school
  • Complete up to 22 college credits
  • Dean and Mentor will be available for individual needs
  • Attend College Success Seminars

13th GRADE

  • Complete a minimum of 24 college credits by maintaining at least 12 credits per semester
  • Enroll at least one math or math related class
  • Enroll in at least one course that earns high school credit during each semester
  • Dean and Mentor will be available for individual needs

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