Direct College Credit
Students enrolled in the Kent ISD Health Sciences Early College Academy earn direct college credit through partnerships with Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.
What is DIRECT college credit?
Direct college credits are granted to students by the university, not Kent Career Technical Center. Courses are taught concurrently by credentialed professionals in the same manner as they would be taught on the college campus. As direct credits they transfer to other State of Michigan public universities and colleges that participate in the in-state transfer agreement program. Students submit a request from the college for a transcript of courses and credits awarded. Students that are able to participate in two years of the HSECA programs can accumulate up to 14 direct college credits.
Direct College Credit Cost Savings
There is no cost to the student for participating in the direct college credit courses offered through the HSECA programs. 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.
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. http://www.michigantransfernetwork.org/default.asp. Confirm all transfer credit opportunities with the college academic advisor.
Use the transfer credit information found at the Michigan State University and University of Michigan school websites to explore how direct credits may transfer from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.