Char-Em ISD, Baker College of Cadillac Create Early College Program - Free Tuition, Books for Select

April 07, 2014

Informational parent meeting April 21

CADILLAC, Mich. – The Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District and Baker College of Cadillac have created an Early College Program that offers an accelerated path to college for high school students, with tuition, books and fees paid by the program.

It is open to students in the school districts of Alanson, Boyne Falls, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Central Lake, Ellsworth and Pellston.

Students who are currently high school sophomores are now enrolling for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Interested students and their families can learn more about the Char-Em ISD/Baker College Early College Program at an informational meeting 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center.

The program allows high school juniors to begin classwork for associate degrees in advanced manufacturing technology (CNC emphasis), CAD and design technology, architectural/construction technology, medical insurance specialist and business administration.

Students on the business track can select a concentration late in their senior year of high school, choosing from accounting, accounting/computer information systems, accounting/management, administrative professional, entrepreneurship, human resource management, management and marketing.

During their 13th year of school, all Early College Program students transfer to Baker’s Cadillac campus to complete their degrees.

Students are selected for admission into the program in accordance with the Char-Em ISD and Baker College admission requirements. A specialized advisor is assigned to the cohort to ensure personalized advising.

Baker College of Cadillac also offers an Early College Program with Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District in which students can earn associate degrees in computer networking, criminal justice and welding.

These partnerships are two of 27 Early College Programs in Michigan for which the state grants incentives to help meet skill shortages. Early College programs serve all students but especially those from traditionally underserved groups, such as low income, low academic achievement or minority populations, to help provide college access at an affordable price. Participating students recognize significant tuition cost savings and are on a faster track to obtain employment in their chosen careers.

According to the American Institutes for Research, high school students who can earn high school and college credits are more likely to earn a college degree than students who do not earn college credits early. Early College Programs also appear to mitigate the traditional educational attainment gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students.

For more information about the Early College Program, students should contact their high school counselor.

For information about Baker College programs, visit or contact the admissions office at 231-876-3100 or

The Baker College System