Officials at Grand Blanc Community Schools and the University of Michigan-Flint have agreed to pursue the establishment of an innovative, three-year early college program subject to approval by the Michigan Department of Education.
A cohort of as many as 50 qualified GBHS juniors will dual-enroll in selected UM-Flint courses to be offered at the Grand Blanc High School site beginning in Fall 2015. These students will continue enrollment in UM-Flint coursework for two additional years, both at the Grand Blanc site and on the UM-Flint campus, and will complete the three-year program in Spring 2018 with a Michigan Merit High School Diploma conferred by Grand Blanc High School plus 42-46 university credits.
The university's faculty leadership has expressed support for this initiative. Currently, Grand Blanc officials and UM-Flint faculty and administrators are working to identify an array of appropriate courses which may be offered. Later this fall, details regarding this initiative will be made available to interested families in the Grand Blanc community.
UM-Flint is a leader in dual enrollment opportunities for Michigan high school students. The university is home to the Genesee Intermediate School District's Genesee Early College. The Genesee Early College is a high school that allows students to earn their diplomas, while taking college courses, helping them to graduate with as many as 60 college credits. In addition, UM-Flint offers dual enrollment courses in such school districts as Livingston County, Lapeer Community Schools, Utica Community Schools, Carman-Ainsworth, Powers Catholic School, and others across southeastern Michigan.
For more information, contact Robert Hahn, Office of K-12 Projects, University of Michigan-Flint, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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