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Enrollment for the 2015–2016 school year is open: Applications due by March 31.


Enrollment in the Blue Water Middle College Academy is now open to current 10th-grade St. Clair County students. Students who decide to enroll in the middle college begin taking college classes in the fall of 2015.


The enrollment process is designed to provide students and parents a complete understanding of the middle college and what it means to become a BWMCA student. There are many benefits to the program.  There are also challenges that students and families should be aware of, so they can make a well-informed decision. Information about the middle college is shared in a number of ways:


  • Evening presentations at each of our partner high schools.
  • BWMCA Open House to be held in early February.
  • Student/Parent Information document that can be downloaded from this website (see link at the right).
  • One-on-one interviews with all students who apply with at least one parent or guardian present.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: The Blue Water Middle College Academy will stop accepting applications for the 2015–2016 school year on March 31, 2015.

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One student's story

Makenzie Klein wasn't at all thrilled when Mom told her she was going to enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy. Three years later, Makenzie has her high school diploma, two years of college credit, a scholarship and a career plan.

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Transferring SC4 creditTransferring SC4 credits to a four-year university

The middle college allows its students to earn free college credits through St. Clair County Community College. These credits will transfer to four-year universities, which will save students and their families money. 

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BWMCA Update: WPHM Paul Miller Interview

Blue Water Middle College Academy director, Pete Spencer, was interviewed on January 7th by Paul Miller on AM 1380 WPHM.  Hear the latest information about the middle college, including current enrollment, recent grade data, what recent BWMCA graduates are up to, and the application and enrollment process that is underway for current 10th grade students in St. Clair County.  Click here to listen to the interview.


Dateline Schools Interview with BWMCA Director, Pete Spencer

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Pete Spencer describes the middle college and reports on the achievements of current BWMCA students and its graduates.


Click on the photo at the left to go to the first of the series of five daily segments on the St. Clair County RESA TV: School News YouTube channel. You will be able to select the Tuesday through Friday segments when at the site.


Video Overview of the BWMCA

Below is a short video that provides an overview of the Blue Water Middle College Academy from the perspective of its students and BWMCA and SC4 staff.



Middle College overview

The Blue Water Middle College Academy provides St. Clair County students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree at no cost by attending school for an extra year.


The middle college is designed to increase the number of students enrolling in college and the number of students completing either an associate or bachelor’s degree. 


This is accomplished by progressively transitioning high school students into the college environment beginning in 11th grade and continuing through year 13. The Blue Water Middle College is modeled on schools elsewhere in Michigan and the nation that blend high school and college classes.


Students are supported throughout the program with personal mentoring and academic counseling, college success workshops, and development of a supportive group of fellow middle college students. 


Students enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy in the fall of their 11th grade year. Enrollment begins in January with a series of informational meetings at the partnering high schools. 

A unique partnership

The BWMCA is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency and reflects a unique partnership between the RESA, St. Clair County Community College and five county school districts: Algonac, Capac, Memphis, Port Huron and Yale.


Students take their high school courses at one of the  partnering high schools. Their college courses are taken at St. Clair County Community College.


Students enrolling in the Blue Water Middle College Academy  become students of the middle college but are allowed to play sports and participate in normal extracurricular activities at their local high school through agreements between the middle college and the local districts.

Success Sessions

Success Sessions are provided several times a month by middle college staff to provide students time to meet as a group, share information and ideas, and learn about the strategies and skills that help students succeed at high levels in college.


Students are expected to attend all Success Sessions. They are often offered on Friday afternoons when there are virtually no college classes taking place at SC4, however we are trying to offer more of them during the days when students are already on campus. Information on each upcoming Success Session is shared with students and parents via email.

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Blue Water Middle College Academy staff

For more information, call

(810) 989-5841 or contact one of the staff members listed below:


Pete Spencer



E-mail Pete


Matthew Ruiz

Assistant Director


E-mail Matt


Jennifer Barr

Student Advisor


Email Jennifer


Traci Whymer

Student Advisor


Email Traci


Michele Lawson

Administrative Assistant


Email Michele






To Apply:

The Blue Water Middle College Academy is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.  Click here to download the application.  The completed application can be submitted by mail, fax, or by bringing it directly to the BWMCA office in Room 119 of the Applied Technology Center building on SC4's campus.


Click to download Application


Deadline for Applications: Applications for the 2015 - 2016 school year must be received in the BWMA office by Tuesday, March 31, 2015.


Student/Parent Information Document


Click here for a more detailed description of the middle college program and information students and parents should consider as they decide whether the middle college is right for them.



The academy is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency.

Its partners are:


  • St. Clair County Community College
  • Algonac High School
  • Capac High School
  • Memphis High School
  • Port Huron High School
  • Port Huron Northern High School
  • Yale High School
  • Virtual Learning Academy