Lawton High School
101 Blue Pride Dr.
Lawton, MI 49065
8:00 a.m. - 2:50
1st Hour: 8:00 - 9:06
2nd Hour: 9:10 - 10:16
3rd Hour: 10:20 - 11:26
11:30 - 12:00
4th Hour: 12:04 - 1:40
1:44 - 2:50
Middle College Program
Through coordinated, rigorous, and accelerated educational and work experiences involving partnerships between high schools, career-technical education, and community colleges we will prepare students for rewarding careers.
The Van Buren Early College provides an opportunity for students to complete their Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements, while simultaneously gaining knowledge, skills, work experience and transferable credit, towards either a program certification, or major area of study.
The Van Buren Middle College got its start as the Van Buren Early College Health Alliance (VBECHA) in the Fall of 2011. VBECHA was an Early College Health Alliance operated by the Van Buren Intermediate School District and focused on Health field careers.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year VBECHA was expanded to include students from all programs at the Van Buren Technology Center (VBTC) and the name of the program changed to the Van Buren Early College.
In the summer of 2015 the Van Buren Early College was approved to become an Early / Middle College Program and the name of the program was changed again, this time to the Van Buren Middle College.
- Must be a current high school Sophomore to apply.
- Minimum COMPASS test scores of a 78 on Reading and a 78 on Writing.
- Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5.
This is a competitive admission process.
All students accepted into the program will be required to take a 4-week, college readiness course. The course consists of an online curriculum and on-campus meetings at the Van Buren Technology Center.
Your submitted application must include:
- Completed application form.
- Two completed teacher (one from high school English teacher) recommendation forms in a sealed envelope.
- Completed essay.
- Current high school transcript.
Applications for the Van Buren Middle College must be submitted to your local school counselor by a date to be determined.
Those selected for interviews will be notified of the date and time by their local counselor. Not all students may be selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the student's local high school during the months of March and April.
All students will be notified of their selection status (accepted, wait list, or denied), during the month of April.
- Reduces overall cost of college education to students.
- Prepares students for high-demand, high-wage careers.
- Accelerates the completion of a license / certification, and / or college degree.
- Provides opportunities for internships, education, job shadowing, and clinical experience.
- Provides challenging and relevant course work to help students engage the learning process.
- One-on-one mentoring for a seamless transition to college.
Students will attend their local high school for half of the school day. The other half of the day, they will attend a Career Technical Education Program, at the Van Buren Technology Center. The same classes will be offered in a morning or afternoon format; which session the student attends, will depend on the schedule of their local school district.
Students will attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Lake Michigan College for all their classes.
Students will attend Davenport University, Ferris State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, or Lake Michigan College for all their classes.
High School Diploma:
By accepting admittance into the Van Buren Middle College students agree to delay the date that they will receive their high school diploma by one (1) year. Students will be allowed to participate in all Senior year activities at their local high school, including the graduation ceremony, but will not receive their high school diploma until completion of Grade 13.
Van Buren Early / Middle College Coordinator
(269) 539 - 5324
Van Buren Early / Middle College Mentor
(269) 539 - 5136
Van Buren Early / College Mentor
(269) 539 - 5225