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Early/Middle College

Berrien County Early/Middle College (EMC) is a 5-year high school program where students can get a head start on college and their career by earning an associate degree or certificate for FREE!

Students have the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and one of the following:

  • substantial transferable college credits
  • technical or career certificate
  • opportunity to begin a registered apprenticeship
  • or an associate degree

Students apply for the program during their sophomore year of high school. If accepted, participants take college classes during 11th and 12th grades, and then attend college full time during their 5th year of high school to complete the program. 

EMC Program Student Application

The Berrien County 5th Year Early Middle College Application for 2024-2025 is Now Closed

Program Details

Berrien County Early Middle College

Contact Information

Melissa Springsteen
Early/Middle College Consultant
269-471-7725 ext. 3304

Students and their families may also contact their high school counselor/guidance office.

Key Dates

Application Deadline
February 16, 2024

Family Interviews
March 5, 2024  4:30 – 8:30 PM
March 6, 2024  4:30 – 8:30 PM

Student/Parent Orientation for Admitted Students

March 27, 2024; 5:30 pm

College Success Workshop for Admitted Students

July 8-11, 2024