Early Middle College

St. Joseph Early Middle College (SJC-EMC) is designed to offer students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and either:

  • An Associate Degree,
  • An Occupational Certificate,
  • Michigan Early Middle College (MEMCA) Technical Certification,
  • Or up to 60 transferable college credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree.

Students enrolled in EMC attend an additional year (13th grade) to complete both high school and college program requirements. In the final year (13th grade), all classes will be held on the Glen Oaks campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is EMC different from Dual Enrollment?

In traditional dual enrollment programs, students can complete up to ten courses for college credit while enrolled in a public or state-approved, non-public high schools. EMC students follow an educational development plan and attend an additional year (13th grade) to complete both high school and college program requirements simultaneously.

What schools participate in the SJC-EMC program?

The following schools participate in our Early Middle College program:

Bronson High School
Burr Oak High School
Centreville High School
Colon High School
Constantine High School
Mendon High School
Sturgis High School
Three Rivers High School
White Pigeon High School

What are the costs involved for SJC-EMC?

Students participating in SJC-EMC have the opportunity to acquire college credit at no cost to the family; paid by your local school district.

What are the benefits of SJC-EMC?

  • Reduces the student and parent student loan debt
  • Allows the student the opportunity to earn a credential, expanding employment possibilities right out of high school
  • Prepares students for college coursework to make a smooth transition toward pursuit of additional college credits
  • Supports a student’s positive experience and deep college readiness skill development/career preparation through wraparound services provided by both the district and the college partner(s)

What is MEMCA and the MEMCA Certificate?

The MEMCA (Michigan Early Middle College Association) Certificate provides verification among the Michigan Department of Education, the school district, and the higher education partner that the graduate has successfully completed each of the following:

  1. The State of Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements
  2. A member school’s MEMCA approved College Readiness Curriculum
  3. A minimum of 15 college credit hours (non-remedial courses)

AND one of the following options:

  • 100 hours of verified community services
  • A minimum of 40 hours of verified career exploration, internship, job shadowing, or clinical experience
  • Or a combination of the two that equals 70+ hours
  • MEMCA must endorse the EMC’s Career and College Readiness Curriculum before the school awards the certificate to the student

The Michigan Department of Education therefore accepts these students as early college graduates from their approved EMC program or high school.

How does the SJC-EMC work?

Participation in EMC may begin as early as 9th grade. Students must declare their intent to participate no later than the beginning of 11th grade.

EMC participants follow a deliberately designed 5-year educational course of student. Students work toward earning a college degree and/or a certificate by overlapping district-approved graduation course requirements with college pathways of study. College courses may be taken on a college campus, on a high school campus, or via a blended format (part on-line and part classroom).

The student’s Educational Development Plan (EDP) must reflect the 5th year of instruction and is signed by the student, parent, and school official. Students may walk with their class at graduation; however, their diploma will be held until the completion of their 13th year.

Will I ever have to pay for a course?

It depends. If the course(s) you want exceed the dollar amount that the high school is willing to pay, then you would owe a balance (this would be submitted to your high school, not Glen Oaks).

More importantly, if you FAIL a course or DROP it after Glen Oaks’ refund period, you could be responsible for reimbursing your high school.

Do these credits transfer?

Yes! Students have transferred their credits to many institutions across the state and beyond! We always advise students that if they have a school in mind, to contact them and make sure the classes they are taking make sense for the degree/certificate they will be studying in the future.

What do I need to get started?

EMC Application Process


  1. Check with the High School Guidance Office
    • Meet with your high school guidance counselor to see if the EMC program is a good fit for you.
    • Pick up a packet to take home and talk with your parents about participating in the EMC program.
  2. Prospective Student Submits EMC Application Online
    • Student will go to Glen Oaks website – www.glenoaks.edu. Select Online Services → Etrieve. To log in:
      • If you know your Glen Oaks login, use the main login boxes.
      • If you do not have a Glen Oaks login yet, login using one of these options.
        Google icon
        Click to login using a Gmail account. Use this and your high school email & password to access Etrieve.
        Microsoft Icon
        Click to login using a Microsoft account.
    • Click on Forms -> Early Middle College SJC -> Application EMC Form.
      • Student will complete form and all required information, before clicking Submit.
      • Application will be sent to the high school guidance counselor and principal for review and approval.
      • GOCC ID # is not required on the application.
  3. Teacher Completes the Online Teacher Recommendation Form
    • One teacher recommendation is required. The teacher listed on the EMC Application will be sent an email link to the Recommendation Form on Etrieve.
    • High School Counselor will complete the Recommendation section of the EMC Application. Student does not need to request this; it will automatically be completed.
    • Please Note: Submitting an application and/or additional documentation does not guarantee admittance into the EMC program.
  4. Student Meets Course Placement Requirements
    • Multiples Measures (all English classes taken having a grade of B or higher, plus recommendation from the high school guidance counselor) is first considered for course placement. If needed, student will be asked to take the Accuplacer BEFORE attending EMC Bootcamp.
    • Prospective student can contact the GOCC Learning Commons at (269)294-4295 to schedule a time for the Accuplacer or contact their high school guidance office to check availability of testing at the high school.
    • If student completes ACT or SAT, the high school will provide these scores to EMC staff.
  5. EMC Application Documents are Reviewed & Processed
    • EMC staff will review the EMC Application, High School Counselor Recommendation, Teacher Recommendation Form, placement scores, and any additional information provided by high school counselor & principal.
  6. Student is Accepted into EMC
    • When student is accepted into the EMC program, student will receive an EMC Acceptance Letter in the mail. The letter will explain any additional steps the student will need to take.
    • A GOCC Student ID # will be included on the acceptance letter. This will be required for additional documentation, so please keep it on file.
  7. EMC Student Attends EMC Bootcamp
    • Accepted EMC students are required to attend bootcamp which includes state-approved college readiness curriculum (MEMCA) and help them connect with other EMC students. More information will be sent out over the summer regarding how to register for bootcamp, changes in dates or times and location. Student will only attend one date below.
      • EMC Bootcamp 2022 – July 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
    • Parents & student are required to attend a Parent & Student Orientation to review the EMC Policies and Procedures.
      • Parent & Student Orientation – Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

 

Additional EMC Information

Placement Testing

  • Multiples Measures (all English classes taken having a grade of B or higher, plus recommendation from the high school guidance counselor) is first considered for course placement. If needed, student will be asked to take the Accuplacer BEFORE attending EMC Bootcamp.
  • Prospective student can contact the GOCC Learning Commons at (269)294-4295 to schedule a time for the Accuplacer or contact their high school guidance office to check availability of testing at the high school.
  • If student completes ACT or SAT, the high school will provide these scores to EMC staff.

How to be successful

  • Students will participate in an Early Middle College Boot camp to kick off their transition from high school to college.
  • All students will complete “EMC: Student Success Seminar” online and must be completed in the first two semesters of the EMC program.
  • The Tutoring & Testing Center, located in the Learning Commons, provides a friendly place where a student can receive academic assistance for classes. Free peer tutoring is available to any GOCC student with an academic need. To determine if a tutor is available contact the Tutoring & Testing Center at (269)294-4295.
  • Career counseling is available to provide advice, guidance, and testing support to assist with career clarification and choice.

Special Circumstances

To best serve SJC-EMC students, it is important that the staff understand the individual needs of the students. In order to do that, students with IEP’s, students with 504’s, and students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch have to be identified.

Please contact Anita Lopez-Schlabach if you meet any of these circumstances or others that are not listed.

Information collected will remain confidential.

TIPS for Parents and Students

  1. Each student should know his/her log-in information for myGOCC and Glen Oaks Community College email. Have your student show you that he/she can log in to the appropriate sites. Students should check their Glen Oaks email daily for important information from their instructors, and EMC staff.
  2. Verify the days and times that classes meet. Is it a semester-long class? Is it an on-line class? Some classes overlap with high school course. Student will need to contact his/her Glen Oaks Instructor and High School teacher to make arrangements for missed classes and/or assignments.
  3. Students are committed to show up, attend all classes they are enrolled in, do the work and participate actively.
  4. Students need to review the course syllabus and understand the requirements, due dates, deadlines, and expectations for the course.
  5. Textbooks and supplied may be paid by your local school. Check with your guidance office before purchasing or renting text books.
  6. Students enrolled in an on-line course need to be self-motivated enough to set aside time daily to work on the course.
  7. A student’s academic progress and grades can be viewed in Canvas/WebAdvisor. Have your students log in and share this information with you.
  8. Communication with instructor is important. Encourage your student to communicate with instructors if he/she has questions or concerns.
  9. Know what resources are available for student support. The Tutoring & Testing Center, located in the Learning Commons, provides a friendly place where a student can receive academic assistance for classes. Free peer tutoring is available to any GOCC student with an academic need. To determine if a tutor is available contact the Tutoring & Testing Center at (269)294-4295. Academic support is also available at your local high school during Academic Hour. Check with your school for times and dates.
  10. Students need to communicate with EMC Staff twice a month. Check with your high school guidance office for EMC On-site high school visits. Notification and reminders of visits are sent out to students through text alerts and emails prior to these visits.
  11. Students should maintain contact, as well, with their HS counselor for questions and concerns. They are active partners in the program and work closely with EMC Staff.
  12. Always feel free to contact EMC Staff with questions and concerns.