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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

Director

810-989-5805

E-mail Pete

 

Matthew Ruiz

Assistant Director

810-989-5800

E-mail Matt

 

Jennifer Barr

Student Advisor

810-989-5835

Email Jennifer

 

Traci Whymer

Student Advisor

810-989-5836

Email Traci

 

Michele Lawson

Administrative Assistant

810-989-5841

Email Michele


BWMCA Fax

810-989-5848

 


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To Apply

The Blue Water Middle College Academy will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.  After January 1, 2015.  The application will be posted here later in December.

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