FLINT — While free college education has become a trending political campaign issue, it’s already available to qualified high school students in Genesee County.
The organization that offers free college courses – up to an associate degree – has moved onto the campus of Baker College of Flint and is holding an informational open house, 5:30-7 p.m., Sept. 20, 1116 W. Bristol Road, Flint. Students, their parents and the general public are invited. Reservations are not necessary.
“You can’t get better than free,” said Chris Christensen, principal of Carman-Ainsworth (C-A) Baker Career Academy. “If students complete an associate degree, they have more choices at graduation – begin work in their career field, continue their education to earn a bachelor’s or both – and they save thousands of dollars.
“The open house is also the perfect opportunity to view our new facility and meet our staff and instructors.”
The Academy is the result of a 10-year partnership between Baker College of Flint and Carman- Ainsworth. The school district subsidizes tuition and other costs for students to earn college credit though dual enrollment and early/middle college options.
The Academy was recently sanctioned as an early/middle college by the State of Michigan. Now students who commit to an additional year of high school can earn substantial college credit – up to 60 credit hours and even an associate degree – at no cost. Programs available are computer programming, business administration, photonics and laser technology, automotive services technology, computer numerical controls (CNC) machinist and criminal justice.
Oct. 5 is the deadline for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to enroll in early/middle college for the 2016-17 academic year.
At the open house, attendees will learn about the two Academy options and tour the new location, an existing 9,850-square-foot building on the Flint campus that has been renovated. The Academy had been located in the former Carman Park Elementary School building, adjacent to Baker College, where it was known as Carman Park- Baker Career Academy.
The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Baker College has on-ground campuses in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @ bakercollege, or on Facebook,www.facebook.com/bakercollege.