Just like traditional Early College courses offered by the College, the Early College Academy at Bertrand Crossing Campus allows you to take core courses that are general education requirements at most colleges and universities. But, several things set the Early College Academy apart from traditional Early College classes.
How the Academy Works
All academy classes take place on Lake Michigan College’s Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles, giving you the full college experience with other college students. Classes meet in the mornings, five days a week. The second half of your school day is spent at your high school, allowing you to participate in sports, music, and club activities. You can also choose to be part of the many LMC clubs and activities available to students.
More classes, an even bigger jump start on college
The academy is a more intensive Early College experience. You can take up to four, three-credit college courses per semester, compared to the two courses generally recommended for traditional Early College plans. Students who attend the academy for one year typically earn 20 to 24 college credits. Those who attend during their junior and senior years and during the summer semesters can complete enough credits to earn an associate’s degree and enter college full time as a junior following high school graduation.
Prepared for success
Because we want you and other students to be successful in the academy, only those who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic motivation and preparedness will be accepted into the program. To further build toward your success, you will attend a two-day college boot camp during the summer before you enter the academy. You will also receive intensive advising from our staff to make sure that the classes you are taking will transfer to the college and program of your choice.
Academy tuition and fees
If you attend one of the high schools partnering with Lake Michigan College in the academy, your high school will pay the tuition and fees associated with the courses you take during the regular school year, and in some cases, even your textbooks. The cost associated with any classes you take during the summer semester will be your responsibility. But remember, Lake Michigan College’s tuition is less than half to two-thirds of what Michigan’s public universities charge, so you’ll still be getting a great education at an affordable price!