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LCC's Inaugural Early College Convocation Scheduled for May 14

May 13, 2014

Lansing, MICH – More than 70 students will take the stage on Wednesday, May 14, as graduates from the inaugural class of the Early College program at Lansing Community College (LCC). The ceremony will begin at 6:30p.m. inside the Gymnasium on LCC’s main campus.

The Early College at LCC is a unique opportunity for mid-Michigan high school students to receive free college credit while earning their high school diploma. The program is three years in length, with a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Melynda Walsh, who will graduate from the Early College with her high school diploma and general associate's degree, spoke about her experience over the past three years.

"I would definitely recommend the Early College at LCC," said Walsh. “The program helped me transition quickly from high school to college, and prepared me for college level coursework. Plus, you can't beat 60 credit hours being paid for."

Pre-Med is the current and future direction for Walsh, which she will study at Foothill College in Palo Alto, Calif. She hopes to stay there for two years before transferring to Stanford University.

"I really enjoyed the Chemistry and Physics classes—the professors were great," Walsh said. "The positive experience with both my professors and coursework influenced me to pursue my career path."

The Early College is a collaboration between Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) and LCC. Upon completion, students will earn their high school diploma, up to sixty college credits, an associate degree, or a technical certification--all of which are tuition-free.

To be eligible for The Early College, students must be enrolled in a participating high school. For more information, visit lcc.edu/earlycollege.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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