In March 2012, Grand Rapids Community College and Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) signed letter of intent that created a middle college program for the fall of 2012 at Wyoming High School.
According to the agreement, the vision of the middle college partnership is to provide the opportunity for participating students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in four years. Wyoming Middle College students will begin in their sophomore year and complete the program after an extended year of classes. Students will be “dual-enrolled” in high school and college courses, with tuition for the college courses paid for by WPS as part of the district’s per pupil state funding.
Wyoming Middle College – with students being able to earn an associate of arts degree by starting in 10th grade – will be the first such program in the region, and the 26th early/middle college statewide.
Details of the program are as follows:
- Application-based program during freshmen year, with their college courses beginning their sophomore year
- Students will be dual-enrolled
- students will take fewer high school completion courses and more college degree courses in each subsequent year of high school
- college course tuition paid by Wyoming Public Schools
Fall 2012, 50 sophomore eligible students (cohort 1) began their middle college experience. The college offered two sections of CLS 100 (Introduction to College: New Student Experience 2 CR) as the first college course. All 50 students registered for Winter 2013.
The college offered two sections of CJ 110 (Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 CR) as part of a Social Science requirement to the middle college students.
There are 46 students from this first cohort that continued their middle college experience as juniors taking PS 110 (Survey of American Government 3 CR) and TH 248 (Introduction to Theater 3 CR) Fall 2013 followed by PY 201 (General Psychology) and EC 251 (Principles of Macroeconomics) Winter 2014.
Cohort 2 started with 42 sophomores begining their middle college experience Fall 2013. This cohort is taking the same sequence of courses as cohort 1.