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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is EMC different from Dual Enrollment?

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

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?

These steps are specific to SJC-EMC; Dual Enrollment and CTE students may or may not have to complete some of these steps.

  1. Talk to your high school counselor about eligibility
  2. Take the Accuplacer Placement Test or submit your SAT/ACT scores to Glen Oaks. These will help us determine your skill level.
  3. Go to Etrieve to fill out an application. This allows us to see that you are interested and give you a Glen Oaks ID# to begin the process.
    • Log in with your high school email/Google/Facebook/Outlook account.
    • Click on “Forms” and find the Early Middle College SJC section, then click on “Application EMC Form”.
    • Complete and Submit the form.
  4. Parent’s must complete the Parent Etrieve Access Form that will allow them to electronically sign documents and view student’s information.
  5. Students will be required to submit two letters of recommendation. One should come from the High School Guidance counselor and one from a High School teacher.
  6. Parent will need to electronically sign the student’s EMC Application after the Parent Etrieve Access Form has processed.
  7. After acceptance into the EMC program, student will be required to attend EMC Boot camp during the Summer.
  8. All students will complete “EMC: Student Success Seminar” online and must be completed in the first two semesters of the EMC program.
  9. A proposed 5 year EDP will be created by the High School Guidance Office and the EMC Staff.

Additional EMC Information

Placement Testing

Students must take the Accuplacer test (whether the Classic or the Next Generation) OR have qualifying ACT/SAT scores in order to take most classes with Glen Oaks. There are some courses that do not require qualifying test scores.

An opportunity to take the placement test will be offered during EMC Boot camp.

How to be successful

  • Students will participate in a four day 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 EMC Student Club meets once a month and is open to current EMC Students. The club connects EMC cohorts (graduating class) by providing social activities, academic support, and networking opportunities to ensure student success and program completion.
  • 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)294-4270.
  • Career counseling is available to provide advice, guidance, and testing support to assist with career clarification and choice. Contact the EMC Coordinator to set up an appointment for Career Counseling (269)294-4271.

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)294-4270. 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.