Baker initiative allows high school students to earn college credits

FLINT — A new Baker College initiative increases the emphasis on giving Michigan high school students a running start on their college education. The students earn college credit, at no cost to them, and graduate high school ready for college, careers and community.

The new initiative, Running Start, bundles the state-sanctioned programs that allow high school students to earn college credit — early/middle college, direct credit, dual enrollment and articulation — under one umbrella.

“This change is in response to the considerable increase in the number of secondary school administrators interested in college-credit programs for their students,” said Bart Daig, Ph.D., Baker College System president and CEO. “Our goal with Running Start is to make it easy for administrators to sign up and implement the programs they select.

Baker College has eight early/middle school colleges operational through its campuses. That number will likely double during the next few months.

Students save hundreds of dollars in tuition and other college costs in Running Start programs because the courses are subsidized by the sponsoring school districts.

The Running Start programs are:

Early/middle college is a five-year high school program in which students can earn a high school diploma and substantial college credit — up to 60 credit hours, even an associate degree.

Direct credit offers Baker College courses at a high school, technical center or site other than a Baker College campus. These courses may count for high school or college credit, or both.

Dual enrollment allows students to take high school courses at their school and college courses at a Baker College campus.

Articulation provides college credit for students who demonstrate skills and competencies learned in designated high school courses in which they received a grade B or better at participating schools and enter Baker College within two years of course completion.

For more information visit Students should contact their high school counselor.

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