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College Credit

Health Sciences Early College Academy -

College Credit

Students enrolled in the kent isd health sciences early college academy can earn direct college credit thru partnerships with ferris state university and grand valley state university.

What is DIRECT college credit?

First of all there is NO COST to the students for these college credits.  Because these are direct credits and not articulated credits they may transfer to other State of Michigan public universities and colleges (articulated credits are only accepted by the university/college that issues them).  Upon succesful completion of college course requirements students may request a transcript from the college reflecting the credits granted.  Students that are able to participate in two years of the HSECA programs can accumulate up to 14 college credits. 

Direct College Credit Cost Savings

This past school year 153 HSECA students earned 1,065 direct college credits thru concurrent enrollment with Ferris State and Grand Valley State Universities.  The concurrent enrollment format allows students to obtain transcripted credit from these universities as part of their health professional career and technical education program.  Each student earned 7 credits for the 2015 – 16 school year.  Average tuition for one credit is $425.  Individually these students just saved $2,975 in tuition and since they are still in high school there were no college room and board costs, or the need to purchase text books!  Students that opt to attend 2 of the HSECA programs, as a high school junior and then senior, can earn up to 14 transcripted college credits.  Increasing their education cost savings AND in many cases shortening the length of time to complete an associates or bachelor's degree.

2016 - 2017 Direct College Credit course offerings


How will my college credits transfer?

Use the Michigan Transfer Network to research how college credits may transfer from one college or university to another.   Confirm all transfer credit opportunities with the college academic advisor.




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70 HSECA Students indicated that they were accepted into all of the post-secondary institutions they applied to and many received academic scholarships on top of their HSECA earned direct credit to help lower the cost of attending college. 

Colleges of choice for the 2016 - 17 freshman class were GVSU and Ferris followed by Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities.  The majority of the graduating HSECA students indicated they plan to continue their studies in a health care related major.

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