High school students can earn college credit before graduation.

Early College

Start college in high school!

Early College programs at SMC let you get a jump-start on your college degree by earning college credit while still in high school, often for free.

To get started on any of these programs, see your guidance counselor or contact an SMC admissions advisor at 269-782-2135 or earlycollege@swmich.edu. District approval on the Enrollment Authorization form is required before students can enroll in classes*.

Home schooled students may also participate in these programs. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more.

*Eligibility requirements vary by district.

Dual Enrollment

In the dual-enrollment program, students attend classes at one of SMC’s campuses either during normal high school hours or in the evening. Dual-enrollment allows students to choose any program and provides more flexibility in class schedules. Courses tend to follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement or general education requirements and may be paid by the district or the student.

Requirements

  • Open to all high school students with qualifying test scores
  • Students must be 14 years old by November 1

Career Academies

Career Academies at SMC through the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (ISD) allow students to begin a career or technical education degree while in high school. Students attend high school for the first half of the day and SMC for the second half. Tuition, fees and books are paid for by the school district. The curriculum is set, and attendance and grades are monitored.

Requirements

  • Open to high school juniors and seniors

Programs

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Construction Trades
  • Criminal Justice
  • Graphic Design
  • Mechatronics/Robotics and Automation Technology
  • Therapeutic Services/Health and Human Services
  • Welding

Participating Schools

  • Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Marcellus
  • Niles (for mechatronics/robotics and automation technology and welding only)
  • Others with CTE approval

Early Middle College

Early Middle College is a unique partnership with SMC and select high schools that allows students to earn an associate degree or certificate for free by the time they graduate from high school. Students in the EMC program extend their high school career for an additional year (“grade 13”), taking SMC and high school classes simultaneously through their senior year and then taking SMC classes for the final year. Students are able to participate in the traditional graduation ceremony with their original high school class.

Requirements

  • Must agree to postpone high school graduation one year to participate in a 13th year
  • Must apply before Junior year of high school (check with your district for deadlines)

Participating Schools

  • Edwardsburg
  • Dowagiac
  • Van Buren Tech Center
  • Participating Berrien County districts

Direct Credit

Direct Credit courses are high school courses that are eligible for college credit and meet high school requirements. The courses are taught by high school teachers at the high school the student attends.