Early College Open House Scheduled for February 6

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Parents interested in saving money and getting their children a jump start on a college education are encouraged to attend next month’s Early College Open House at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. The event, February 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is free and open to all students in grades 8-11 and their parents.

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“Early College is a great opportunity – academically and economically – for students and parents in southwest Michigan,” said Kalamazoo Valley’s Dean of Instruction – Early College Dr. Deborah Coates.

Parents interested in saving money and getting their children a jump start on a college education are encouraged to attend next month’s Early College Open House at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. The event, February 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is free and open to all students in grades 8-11 and their parents. The Air Zoo is located at 6151 Portage Road.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with teachers and students to learn more about Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Early College program, including steps for participation.

The Early College program allows students to earn an associate degree or certificate for little or no cost by completing a fifth year of high school. Students delay high school graduation for one year while they take college courses at Kalamazoo Valley. Tuition and fees are paid by the local school district up to the state maximum allowed. Applications to the Early College program for the 2018-2019 school year are due by March 10, 2018.

“Early College is a great opportunity – academically and economically – for students and parents in southwest Michigan,” according to Kalamazoo Valley’s Dean of Instruction – Early College Dr. Deborah Coates.

Early College expands on traditional dual enrollment and builds upon classes already offered through Kalamazoo RESA’s (KRESA) Education for Employment (EFE) and Education for the Arts (EFA). Students take courses at Kalamazoo Valley campuses, but may also take Kalamazoo Valley courses at their high school (in certain school districts), or through EFE and EFA.

The program, explained Coates, is designed to help students get a head start on whatever they decide to do after graduating from high school, whether that’s going into the workforce or continuing on with their education.

“Education is evolving and this is part of it. Early College prepares students for the world and makes sure they have as many options as possible,” Coates said.

For more information, contact Coates at dcoates(at)kvcc(dot)edu or 269.488.4509.

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