Houghton Lake High School students are enrolled in college this fall, thanks to a dual-enrollment program through Kirtland Community College.
The program will allow high-school students to have their first college experience with an onsite instructor, not online.
It will allow students to earn their Michigan Transfer Agreement or an associate degree without accumulating debt. Response to the program has been so great that a second room has been added to accommodate multiple courses.
“An initial cohort of 50-plus students are starting the MTA program,” John Winkler, Houghton Lake High School principal, said. “Our students and parents are excited.”
Juniors and seniors are eligible when they pass the appropriate placement test. Most students will take the general requirements to complete the MTA, while others will enroll in an early middle college program to earn an associate degree.
“Houghton Lake High School and Kirtland Community College have committed to providing the best opportunity for the future goals of our students by providing a career pathway that benefits them financially but also allows them an environment that is best suited to their learning needs,” Winkler said.
The HLHS program is not the only one Kirtland coordinates.
“We recognize the different needs of districts throughout the region so we customize programs,” Sarah Holecheck, director of public information, said. “We have existing programs with the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency in Tawas because there was enough interest for two programs. One is at IRESA in Tawas. It serves Tawas, Hale and Whittemore Prescott. There’s another one at Oscoda High School.”
Parents, students or school administrators interested in more information about dual enrollment can contact Sonja Handrich, coordinator of Kirtland’s pre-college programs at 989-275-5000 ext. 433. Those interested in the program at HLHS can call the office and set up an appointment with a career counselor: 989-366-2005.