Early College

A hand holds up a diploma in an illustrated graphic promoting early college programming offered through Kellogg Community College.Like dual-enrollment, early college programs involve high school students enrolling at Kellogg Community College while still attending high school. Early college programs generally begin during the student’s sophomore year of high school and run through an additional “fifth year” extending one year after traditional high school graduation.

Early college students take a variety of KCC courses intermixed with their high school schedules and graduate after their fifth year with an associate degree in addition to their high school diploma. KCC currently has Early College agreements with the following high schools and career centers:

  • Battle Creek Central
  • Bellevue High School
  • Calhoun Area Career Center (Welding and Graphic Design)
  • Coldwater High School
  • Eastern Calhoun Early College (Marshall Public Schools)
  • Gull Lake High School
  • Harper Creek High School
  • Hastings High School
  • Homer High School
  • Lakeview High School
  • Pansophia Academy
  • Pennfield High School
  • Quincy High School
  • Union City High School

For more information about early college opportunities offered at KCC through your high school, contact your high school guidance counselor. Click here to view our Early College Guide for High Schools.

Benefits of Early College

  • Tuition is free for participating students
  • College credits accumulate sooner
  • Classes work with the student’s high school schedule
  • Credits transfer to universities
  • A certificate or degree can be earned within a year of high school graduation
  • The path is shorter to a career and a steady paycheck

Difference between Early College and Dual Enrollment