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‘Blue Water Middle College: An Overview’

 

College proves time and time again to be one of the most difficult tasks a person can undertake, both in time and economics (as many wallets, empty bank accounts, and loan statements around SC4 will show).

Considering everyone must already dedicate 12 years of their life in order to hold a free bare minimum education, the thought of paying thousands to hundreds of thousands to attend a post-school for several years after being violently thrown out into the ‘real’ world is migraine inducing.

That is where the Blue Water Middle College Academy comes in.

The BWMCA is a program available to students of Algonac, Yale, Port Huron, and Memphis that requires students to stay in high school for a thirteenth year. In turn it provides graduates with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

This is done by the student simultaneously taking both high school courses at the chosen high school and college courses at SC4. It is not available to those who were already seniors or graduated before the inception of the BWMCA.

The best part- it is free. That’s right. Free college courses. Books, tuition, and lab fees are of no cost to the student. The only thing that isn’t covered is transportation to SC4.

Students start attending the BWMCA in 11th grade. In their 13th year of high school, they receive their high school diploma. The diploma itself is issued by the BWMCA, not from the attended high school.

The associate’s degree is an actual SC4 degree. Graduation from the BWMCA takes place at SC4, not the attended high school.

When it comes to high school activities, they stay very much the same. Students can still participate in sports, band, homecoming, prom, and other extracurricular activities.

Certain high school honors no longer apply to an attendee of the BWMCA, as such a Middle College student cannot be a Valedictorian, Salutatorian, part of the Academic Top 20, or any other high-school specific educational award.

If a student wishes to walk with their high school class at graduation, all they need to do is talk to their principal and it will be done. They will just not receive their diploma until completion of the program.

A jump start to a higher education is never a bad thing, especially free of cost.

 

Kristopher Reynolds

Staff Writer

 

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