FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth-Baker Career Academy has a new name and a new home.
The school has moved into a newly renovated, 13,800-square-foot building, located on Baker College’s Flint campus. It was previously housed at the former Carman Park Elementary School located nearby on VanCampen Road and was then called Carman-Park-Baker Academy.
The academy is a high school/early college partnership between Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools and Baker College of Flint.
An open house held last week gave potential students, parents and others an opportunity to look over the new building and find out what the school has to offer.
Chris Christensen, principal, gave an overview of a new program that will allow eligible students to earn a free associate’s degree. Students interested in the free five-year program must commit to the program in their sophomore year by the fall Student Count Day which is coming up October 5, Christensen said.
Free Associate’s Degrees are currently offered in Criminal Justice, Automotive Services, Computer Programming, Business Administration, Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) Machining, and Photonics/Laser Technology.
Academy students can also earn college credits through dual enrollment — taking high school classes at their school and college classes at Baker College.
Christensen said he hoped the move onto the Baker Campus would bring greater visibility to the program and attract more students.
Academy enrollment currently is about 100 students but the ideal enrollment would be 200 and 300 students.
More information about the academy and how to enroll can be read on the C-A website at www.carman.k12.mi.us/Page/156