College Credits in                              High School

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The number of high school students earning college credits before they step foot on campus has risen dramatically in the past decade. According to The College Board’s Big Future, there are many benefits to college-level study while enrolled in high school:

Besides introducing high school students to new academic passions and the excitement of exploring interesting subjects in-depth, according to The College Board, early college study can also help students:

  • Learn the time-management skills, study skills and discipline you’ll need in college.
  • Improve your chances of getting into the college of your choice.
  • Improve your chances of qualifying for scholarships.
  • Free up enough time in college for you to take part in programs like study abroad or to double major.
  • Graduate from college on time or early, which will save you money.

We’ve collected a number of resources for families to explore all of the ways to earn possible college credits while in high school.

The Spark Success campaign was ignited by four West Michigan ISDs in partnership with the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation. These ISDs offer Early College options for students within their regions:


Early College Allegan County

Early College Allegan County (ECAC) is an opportunity for motivated students to extend high school by one year in order to earn both their diploma and an associate’s degree or Technical Certificate with up to 62 college credits from Lake Michigan College at no cost. Students receive special support to improve their academic performance as they complete both high school and college coursework and secure their future education and career-related goals. CLICK HERE

Launch U at Kent ISD

Launch U starts in a student’s 10th-grade year. Students attend high school classes at their regular high school or online for a portion of the day and attend college courses at Kent ISD during grades 10-12. These college courses are taught by Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) instructors. During the 13th year, students attend college courses full-time on GRCC’s campus. CLICK HERE

Early College Muskegon County

Early College Muskegon County (ECMC) is a program that allows selected students to extend high school by one year in order to earn both their high school diploma and up to 62 college credits from Muskegon Community College (MCC) at no cost to the student. CLICK HERE 

Early College Ottawa County

In collaboration with local community colleges, OAISD facilitates Early College programs with a number of partner school districts throughout its service region and includes a career and technical education-focused program through Careerline Tech Center. CLICK HERE