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Extended Opportunities for High School Students

Dual-Enrollment

In partnership with Northwestern Michigan College and Baker College of Cadillac, students have the opportunity to earn free college credits while completing their high school graduation requirements. This opportunity saves students money and moves them closer to college graduation.

Program highlights:

  • Course tuition is covered by the district, so long as the approved courses are completed successfully.
  • Courses are available in different formats to accommodate student schedules, including virtual, in-person, and a hybrid of the two.
  • Students may enroll in courses that are included in the Michigan Transfer Agreement, meaning a majority of Michigan colleges and universities will honor those credits toward their degree programs.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to enroll.

To date, 42% of the Class of 2022 has earned college credit through Dual Enrollment, together completing a total of 72 college courses!

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact the school counselor.

Northwest Ed Career Tech

Students utilize the most modern technology and state-of-the-art equipment daily to gain a skill set intended to enable their success and promote employability beyond high school. Every student leaves having gained invaluable hands-on experience in a career field, and several programs award professional-level certifications.

Program highlights:

  • The Career-Tech Center is a career and technical education school that offers training in 23 career fields.
  • Students may begin a CTC program as early as their junior year.
  • Bus transportation is provided for afternoon programs.

More information can be obtained by contacting the school counselor or by visiting the Northwest Ed website: https://www.northwested.org/career_tech/

Early College

In partnership with Northwest Educational Services and Northwestern Michigan College, students have the opportunity to complete a technical program at the Traverse City Career-Tech Center and potentially earn an Associate’s Degree by completing college courses over a three-year period.

Program highlights:

  • Students begin the Early College program at the start of their junior year and complete it at the conclusion of their “thirteenth” year.
  • Withholding the high school diploma for one additional year allows students to complete the program and obtain more college credits than a standard dual enrollment option, saving students a substantial amount of money.
  • Course tuition is covered by the district, so long as the approved courses are completed successfully.
  • Courses are available in different formats to accommodate student schedules, including virtual, in-person, and a hybrid of the two.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to participate.

More information can be obtained by contacting the school counselor or by visiting the Northwest Ed website: https://www.northwested.org/schoolsprograms/north-ed-early-college/

Early College Application Checklist

Step 1: Enroll at Buckley Schools

Our electronic enrollment can be found here: Student Enrollment. Start with this pre-registration link and watch for a follow-up email with instructions to complete enrollment.

Step 2: Enroll at Career-Tech Center

Complete the Career-Tech Center Enrollment Form. Make sure to select an early college pathway program.  Career Tech Enrollment Fornorthwested.org from northwested.org. The current program offerings are Agriscience, Business Careers, Engineering Academy, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Precision Machining, Public Safety,  Teacher Academy, Welding, and Writers Studio.

The student, school counselor, and CTC will receive an email with your form submission responses.

Step 3: Take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test

The ACCUPLACER math test helps us shape your early college plan. You can schedule your test at nmc.edu/placement.

Step 4: Complete Your NMC Application

Apply online at nmc.edu/admissions (click “Apply now for free”). Be sure to apply as a North Ed Career Tech Center student. The application fee will be waived. NMC requires an official copy of your high school transcript in order to process your application.

Step 5: Complete Your Early College Application

The application is available online at Early College Application. Complete the application and e-mail a letter of recommendation and your high school transcript to adarga@northwested.org.

Applications are due by May 6th, 2022

You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application. If admitted, you and your parent(s)/guardian will be invited to attend an orientation in June.

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