Lawton High School
Lawton High School
101 Blue Pride Dr.
Lawton, MI 49065
Office: 269.624.7800
Fax: 269.624.6554
Attendance: 269.624.7802
School Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Hourly Schedule:
1st Hour: 8:00 - 9:06
2nd Hour: 9:10 - 10:16
3rd Hour: 10:20 - 11:26
Achievement: 11:30 - 12:00
4th Hour: 12:04 - 1:40
5th Hour: 1:44 - 2:50

Tammy Wilson
Principal

Darcy Munro
Guidance Counselor

Chris Richter
Athletic Director

Early College Program

Program History

The Van Buren Early 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 was developed in partnership with:
Bronson LakeView Hospital;
Kalamazoo Valley Community College;
Lake Michigan College;
and South Haven Health System
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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Program Requirements

Minimum test scores on one of the following assessments:

  • Minimum PLAN or ACT scores: Math 20, Reading 17, English 18.
  • Minimum COMPASS scores: Algebra 34, Reading 78, Writing 78.
  • Minimum cumulative 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 (Dates for 2015-16 school year to be determined). The course consists of an online curriculum and four, on-campus meetings at the Van Buren Technology Center.

Benefits

  • 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.

Program Overview

Junior Year:
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 students attends, will depend on the schedule of their local school district.

Senior Year:
Students may attend their local high school for a fraction of their day with the remainder of their day on the campus of Lake Michigan College or Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Time spent at their local school district will be determined by their local high school's policies.

Program Contacts

Van Buren Early College Coordinator
Greg Rozeveld
490 South Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064
(269) 539-5324
grozeveld@vbisd.org

Van Buren Early College Mentor
Gloria Jurado-Long
(269) 267-1062
Juradolong@msn.com

Van Buren Early College Administrator
Tracy Johnson
490 South Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064
(269) 539-5103
Tjohnson@vbisd.org

250 South Street
Lawrence, MI 49064
www.vbisd.org/techcenter

Application Process

Your submitted application must include:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Two completed teacher (one from high school English teacher) recommendation forms in a sealed envelope;
  3. Completed essay;
  4. Current high school transcript; A copy of your PLAN, ACT or COMPASS scores.

Deadline

Applications for the Van Buren Early College (2015-16) must be submitted to your local school counselor by a date to be determined.

Interviews

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 month of March.

Notification/Result

All students will be notified of their selection status (accepted, wait list, or denied), during the month of April.