The Utica Community Schools Board of Education has formalized an agreement that will provide university experiences for students and residents through the University of Michigan-Flint, a member of the internationally-renowned University of Michigan.
Both educational institutions will begin a partnership that will create dual-enrollment and college level programs in Utica Community Schools at Magahay Elementary, located on Hall Road just west of Schoenherr Road.
"This partnership will allow us to focus on a common vision for a university center within the Utica Community Schools that will serve our students, parents, and families," Superintendent Dr. Christine M. Johns said. "This innovative partnership will support our ongoing commitment to graduate students who are well-prepared for successful post-secondary experiences."
"We are delighted to be partnering with Utica Community Schools," said UM-Flint Provost Dr. Gerard Voland. "The partnership succinctly delineates our commitment to community engagement particularly as it relates to supporting K-12 initiatives. The planned dual enrollment and academic programs provide a unique opportunity for the University of Michigan-Flint to join Utica Community Schools in helping the regions' students pursue their higher education goals."
The partnership has already allowed the district and university to further educational opportunities and an Education Specialist program for interested staff members. This January, University of Michigan-Flint will begin offering exclusive dual enrollment opportunities to qualifying Utica Community Schools students at the Magahay site, which was closed as an elementary during a facility consolidation in 2010.
Future plans for the university center include the establishment of virtual learning opportunities, an early college program through the University of Michigan-Flint, and program offerings for residents pursuing four-year degrees, according to school and university officials.