How do Education Development Plans Fit In?
An Education Development Plan is a planning tool students use to put into writing their educational and career goals. Most Education Development Plans document learning strategies and high school courses that help students reach their goals. Education Development Plans often include career exploration information students have discovered about themselves and potential areas of employment that interest them identified through career clusters. Education Development Plans are updated frequently as students advance academically and further develop their interests, abilities, and skills.
These academic-to-career preparation plans are essential and provide students with a self-directed means of clarifying the typical "why-do-I-need-math-and-science-classes-in-high-school" questions all students have. Because students will have established their Education Development Plan in seventh grade, they should sit down with their high school counselor when they get to ninth grade to review and update the plan. Students should meet with their counselor to update the Education Development Plan each year that they are in high school. After finishing high school, the plans are to be used by students in their initial and subsequent appointments with their college advisor.
How does dual enrollment fit in ?
Dual enrollment is another option students have to enhance their high school learning experiences that are often part of the Education Development Plan. Dual enrollment occurs when a high school student obtains permission from her or his high school and the Lansing Community College Admissions Office to take an LCC course while still in high school. This program is designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit. High school credit may or may not be granted according to the discretion of the participating high school. Dual enrollment affords students educational enrichment in specific areas where unusual ability and interest are displayed, especially in courses and academic areas not available in the students' high school. It should be noted that some colleges and universities will not allow credit for college courses that are used to meet high school graduation requirements. Education Development Plans aid students as they consider how dual enrollment can enhance their high school experience and jump-start their college education.
Qualifications for the Dual Enrollment Program at LCC
- Be working toward high school graduation requirements.
- Have attained junior or senior high school standing prior to applying for the program.
Application Procedures for the Dual Enrollment Program
- Complete a Lansing Community College admission application.
- Submit written approval from their authorized high school official and parent or guardian each semester of attendance.
- Mail or bring the application and letter of authorization to the LCC Enrollment Services Office prior to enrolling in classes. Applicants may also submit an online application.
- Comply with basic skills assessment and any additional approvals or prerequisites established by the department for the course(s) in which the student wishes to enroll.
View the general LCC admission application or call: (517) 483-1200.
How does articulated credit fit in?
Articulation is an agreement between LCC and local high schools to provide college courses and/or college credit. Such agreements make it possible for students to earn credits toward an LCC associate degree or certificate while still in high school. As a result, articulation helps students earn a college degree in less time.
Students should discuss dual enrollment and articulated credit opportunities with their high school counselor.
In conclusion, counselors, instructors, administrators, students, parents, and business and industry can benefit from the career cluster framework when it's used to better prepare learners for each stage of education and careers in the following ways:
- Link instruction to career themes.
- Make sure instruction relates to the learners' career interests and aspirations.
- Strengthen the high school senior year and the transition to postsecondary education.
- Make all career-themed instruction more intellectually demanding.
- Link instruction to careers and postsecondary education.
- Make sure all learners are following a plan/program of study at the secondary through the post-secondary years.
- Ensure that business and industry partners are informed of how transferable knowledge and skills can help re-tool/cross-train their workforces.
What about advanced placement courses and exams?
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Exams have long been strategies high school students have used to leverage their high school experience to jump start their college education.
Students who have taken AP courses or exams should have their scores sent to Lansing Community College. The results may establish reading and/or writing and/or math levels, which may meet some course prerequisites. Advanced Placement Examination results may also result in the awarding of credit for a specific course or courses. Some public high schools provide and pay for AP courses and exams. Students should contact the counselor at their local high school to discuss what's available. For eligible low-income students, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) administers grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Advanced Placement Incentive Program that pays for test fees and support activities. Students should also contact their local high school about the incentive program or call MDE at (517) 373-4213 for more information.
In general, students who enroll in honor courses in the junior or senior year should seriously consider taking at least one Advanced Placement Exam because of the potential of meeting college-level prerequisites before enrolling at LCC which can in effect exempt students from taking certain required entry-level college courses. This equates to two key advantages:
- Earning credits sooner and possibly earning a degree, certificate or transferring to a four-year university sooner.
- Saving hundreds of dollars in college tuition, fees and book expenses.
Students interested in making Advanced Placement Exams a part of their college preparation strategy should speak to an advanced placement teacher or coordinator at his or her local high school.