Early college

Alpena Early College gives high school students a unique opportunity that is far better than dual enrollment. With the partnership between Alpena Community College and Alpena High School, students can complete their high school diploma and receive a college degree at the same time.

Students who are entering 11th grade in the fall of 2016 were eligible to apply this year. One they are enrolled, students take classes at both AHS and ACC. Early College students may go through high school commencement with their classmates in 12th grade, but then stay on for an additional year to complete a full schedule of “13th grade” classes, including one last high school class and their college credits to earn their degree or certificate.

This program includes a lot of exciting opportunities, students can get a real college campus experience, up to 60 transferable credits and/or an Associate’s Degree with all fees and costs covered by Alpena Public Schools, a three year accelerated program for grades 11th through 13th, and high school classes plus college courses, along with your diploma.

To be eligible for next year, the student has to be a junior in the fall of 2017, and they must meet the Alpena Community College enrollment guidelines. Preference will  be given to those who will be the first in their family to attend college or who meet the free and reduced lunch qualifications.

When the students are enrolled in the program they get something like a 2 for 1 deal. They can play sports their senior year, prom, and senior year activities, and they will receive an ACC student ID, and are eligible to participate in ACC student activities, too.

If  you have any questions you can call Coordinator  Lee Fitzpatrick at 989-358-5043 or email fitzpatrickl@alpenaschools.com. You can also visit the Michigan Department of Education Early/Middle College information page.