Howell Public Schools Board of Education Passes Resolution in Support of Early College Program
4/11/17 - During its meeting on Monday, April 10, the Howell Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the Livingston Educational Service Agency’s (LESA) application to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to create an Early College program in the county. The goal of an early college program is to offer high school students a five-year program that combines high school coursework with the first two years of college, allowing students to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable credits, an industry credential or an Associate degree.
If the MDE approves LESA’s application, Howell High School will launch its first two early college programs starting with the 2017-2018 school year. The programs will include health sciences and manufacturing. Students who enroll in the programs will attend high school for five years. The students will begin taking college courses their junior year. Each year the students will take a larger college course load until the are almost fully enrolled in college courses during the fifth year. The cost of the college courses is covered by the school district.
“By passing this resolution, the Board of Education has expressed its support for the LESA Early College program,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “I am very excited at the possibility of bringing these programs to Howell High School. I know that the early college program will greatly benefit our students and set them on a path to an outstanding career.”
LESA and Howell Public Schools are working with partners from both the business community and higher education institutions to implement the early college program.