Earn college credit while you're still in high school
Why join the Early College Program at Lake Michigan College? Here are just some of the great reasons:
Get a glimpse into college life, time management and independence
Develop interests and talents in subjects not offered in high school
LMC has partnerships with school districts throughout the region, including in Allegan, Berrien, and Van Buren counties.
Early College courses are offered to students while they are still in high school. Students earn both high school and college credit for courses, saving families thousands of dollars in college tuition. Lake Michigan College offers direct credit, dual enrollment and early/middle college options. Read about each option below.
Early College options may be available to any high school student, check with your school district to determine your options. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Become an Early College student
STEP 1: MEET WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR OR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR TO EXPLORE YOUR EARLY COLLEGE OPTIONS.
Find out which college classes are available to you and fit into your schedule. Some classes may be held at your school (Direct Credit) and some may be at an LMC campus (Dual Enrollment).
Step 2: REVIEW TEST SCORES
- Obtain a copy of your ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER® test scores.
- Review your test scores. Be sure you meet prerequisite requirements for your chosen courses.
- Schedule ACCUPLACER testing if needed. Ask your guidance counselor whether testing is offered at your high school or visit LMC Assessment Center to learn how to take placement testing through Lake Michigan College. Early College applicants who plan to take placement testing at the Benton Harbor campus should check here for dates and times and to schedule a testing time.
- Unweighted high school transcripts for incoming high school seniors can be used to determine prerequisite requirements.
Step 3: Get Approval
- Be sure your guidance counselor, teacher (dual credit only), and parents/guardians are supportive of you taking Early College classes.
- Select courses with your guidance counselor or an LMC Advisor. You MUST meet prerequisites for each course.
Step 4: Meet with LMC Advising
- Meet with an LMC academic advisor (optional for both Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment)
- Decide which classes fit your college and career goals. If you plan to attend LMC or another college after graduation, you'll want to make sure your Early College credits are transferable. Transfer guides are available here.
- To schedule an appointment, call your local campus, identify yourself as an Early College student and indicate which campus you plan to attend.
Step 5: Register for Classes
- Complete and submit the paper registration form with test scores attached to your guidance counselor.
- Check your schedule on Wavelink regularly to confirm your enrollment.
Step 6: Buy Your Books
- Some schools cover the cost of books with a bookstore voucher. Check with your guidance counselor or career & technical center director.
- Order your books online, or purchase the necessary textbooks at the LMC Bookstore.
Step 7: Go to Class
- Make sure you are listed on your teacher's roster. Not being listed could mean you are not registered.
- Check the academic calendars online to find out when classes start and end.
- Dual enrollment classes generally follow LMC's academic calendar.
- Direct credit classes generally follow your high school's or Tech Center's academic calendar.
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