FLINT TWP. — Genesee County students in grades 8-10 and their parents are invited to the spring informational open house for the Carman-Ainsworth (C-A) Baker Career Academy, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, May 4. It is located in a newly renovated stand-alone building on Baker College’s Flint campus at 1122 W. Bristol Road.
The Academy offers free college courses to qualified high school students in Genesee County through two Baker College Running Start programs: dual enrollment and early/middle college, according to a press release.
“We encourage students as young as eighth-graders to learn about the Academy’s free higher education options,” said Chris Christensen, principal of C-A Baker Career Academy. “The sooner they begin at the Academy, the more they can maximize their college savings. A ninth-grade Academy student can potentially begin earning college credit in 10th grade.”
Early/middle college students can graduate from high school with up to 60 college credit hours, possibly earning an associate degree, at no cost to them or their families. They must begin the program no later than their junior year and commit to a fifth year of high school during which they take classes at Baker College.
Associate degree programs are information technology, business administration, photonics and laser technology, automotive services technology, computer numerical control machinist and criminal justice.
To gain access to Academy courses, students must be enrolled at C-A Community Schools, which subsidizes costs for students to earn college credit. For students who don’t live in the district, they can apply to enter through the schools of choice program or apply direct to the Academy.
“The Academy is for those who benefit from accelerated curricula and smaller class sizes,” Christensen said. “Students truly get a ‘running start’ on college, and everything is free – tuition, books and fees.”