In Partnership with:
a head start on college and in life by earning an Associate degree or
certificate for FREE, while you're still in high school through the
Berrien County 5th Year Early/Middle College program.
and fees are provided at no cost to students and families!
How does it work?
you will earn a college degree and or career certificate. Students take college classes during 11th and 12th grades along with their high school classes, and then attend college
full time during a fifth year of high school to complete
What are the benefits? Save a
ton of money. The national average cost of attending a four-year public
college is more than $28,000 per year. By starting college while in
high school, you could cut your college costs in half.
- Get a
head start on your career. Whether you earn a career certificate or an
Associate's Degree, you will advance through your educational path and
start your career years faster than a traditional educational program.
smoothly to four-year colleges. Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College participates in
the state-wide Michigan Transfer Agreement and has individual transfer
agreements with universities throughout Michigan and Indiana.
What degrees can I earn?
Lake Michigan College
Associate of Arts/Transfer Degrees
General Transfer (MTA)
Associate of APPLIED Science/Transfer
Manufacturing/Machine Tool (also available as a certificate)
Computer Information Systems (CIS) (also available as a certificate)
Welding (also available as a certificate)
Southwestern Michigan College Associate/Transfer Degrees
Associate of APPLIED Science
Automotive Technology (also available as a certificate)
Construction Trades Green Technology (also available as a certificate)
Fire Science (also available as a certificate)
Both Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College offer technical certificates.
College Association (MEMCA) Certificate (*pending approval by MDE)
*Additional programs may be available in the future.
Where will I take my classes?
take classes at your high school or Berrien County CTE PA 56
Shared-Time Programs, and on the campuses of Lake Michigan College or Southwestern Michigan College.
Sounds like a challenge. Will I have help?
Support systems like the Summer College Success Bootcamp, Early/Middle
College seminars and mentors, plus all the regular advising, tutoring,
and library services from your high school, LMC and SMC will help you be
Students who elect to enroll in the Berrien County 5th Year Early/ Middle College commit to:
- Attend a week long Summer College Success Bootcamp during summer vacation.
- Successfully complete college course work in their junior and senior years of high school.
their high school graduation date by one school year. Students will
however participate in high school commencement with their original graduating class.
- The completion of an associate's degree or certification to their high school graduation expectations.
Contact Melissa Springsteen, Early/Middle College Consultant for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 471-7725, ext. 1304, or speak with your high school guidance counselor.