Van Buren Early College IMPORTANT! As of March 31, 2015 the Van Buren Intermediate School District has applied to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to change the Van Buren Early College into an Early Middle College Program. If approved by MDE this means that students who apply to our program would have the opportunity to earn two full years of college (Senior year and a 13th year), 60+ college credits, with no cost to their families! Also, if approved we will be changing the name of our program from the Van Buren Early College to the Van Buren Middle College. We expect to hear back from MDE sometime in May 2015. Keep checking back for updates!
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Van Buren Early College Mission:
Through coordinated, rigorous, and accelerated educational and work experiences involving partnerships between high schools, career-technical education, and community colleges we will prepare students for rewarding careers.
Van Buren Early College Program History:
The Van Buren Early College got its start as the Van Buren Early College Health Alliance (VBECHA) in the Fall of 2011. VBECHA was an Early College Health Alliance operated by the Van Buren Intermediate School District, and was developed in partnership with:
-Bronson LakeView Hospital;
-Kalamazoo Valley Community College;
-Lake Michigan College; and
-South Haven Health System
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year VBECHA was expanded to include students from all programs at the Van Buren Technology Center and the name of the program changed to the Van Buren Early College.
Van Buren Early College Vision:
The Van Buren Early College provides an opportunity for students to complete their Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements, while simultaneously gaining knowledge, skills, work experience and transferable credit, towards either a program certification, or major area of study.
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