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Feb. 27, 2008
CONTACT: Pam Young
pamela.young@emich.edu 734.487.4400

EMU, county offer Innovative program to allow students to earn college credits while in high school

YPSILANTI — The Early College AllianceSM (ECA), Washtenaw County’s high school program on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is now accepting applications for fall 2008. The program that enables students to complete the requirements for a high school diploma while earning up to 60 college credits – at no cost to the student – has openings for 136 students. The enrollment period runs through March 25.

All ninth and tenth grade students currently enrolled in one of the four ECA member school districts – Lincoln, Milan, Whitmore Lake or Ypsilanti – are eligible for the ECA program. Ninth and tenth grade students in home school, charter, other public and/or private schools also are eligible to apply.

Eligible students must complete the enrollment application packet and return it by March 25. Enrollment materials are available at www.earlycollegealliance.org or from the high school or superintendent’s office in the four ECA member school districts.

Partnered with the College of Health and Human Services, the ECA’s emphasis in math, science, technology, critical thinking and problem solving is designed to equip successful ECA graduates to enter a variety of high demand areas in the fields of health, medicine, mathematics, science, technology or business, and successfully continue their post-secondary education.

“At first, students will be grouped together for a traditional school day, taking high school classes in math, science, social studies and English,” said ECA Director Dave Dugger. “Then they will transition into a blended school and eventually become full-time college students, taking university courses throughout campus.”

Students will receive support from an adviser who is assigned to them for their entire ECA program. ECA partners include: Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Eastern Michigan University, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, University of Michigan Health System, Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Works! and the school districts of Ypsilanti, Milan, Lincoln Consolidated and Whitmore Lake

For more information, go to www.earlycollegealliance.org or contact ECA Director David Dugger at eca_ddugger@emich.edu or 734.487.4293.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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