Open House shows off benefits of career-oriented high school

FLINT TWP. —Javonte Welcome will graduate from high school this spring with 63 college credits valued at $18,000.

That’s a significant amount of money considering that the average cost of attending a moderate in-state public college this year was $21,447 and nearly double that for a private college, according to a recent report from the College Board non-profit advocacy group.

If Welcome stayed in high school a fifth year, he could rack up $25,000 worth of college credit, said Eric Suender, principal of Carman Park-Baker Career Academy, who noted Welcome’s accomplishments during an Open House presentation at the school last week.

As a student at Carman Park-Baker, Welcome has achieved exactly what was intended. The alternative high school emphasizes academics and career preparation in a partnership between Carman- Ainsworth and Bendle schools and Baker College. C-A is Welcome’s home school.

C-A Superintendent Bill Haley, who spoke at the Open House, called Welcome the Michael Jordan of the Career Academy.

Saving money on college costs is one reason to consider attending Carman Park-Baker, Haley said. Others include smaller classrooms, personal attention and opportunity to earn college credits toward a chosen career.

Haley cited local statistics that about 3,500 “disconnected” young people ages 16-19 are not in school, don’t have a diploma or GED and don’t have a job.

Carman Park-Baker is not for everybody but some of those disconnected students might find what they need there to get reengaged, he said. Not enough people know about the school and the word needs to get out, he said.

Suender said that Carman-Park will be accepting applications until April 15 from all interested students in Genesee County. Enrollment packets can be found on the school’s web site at

For more information, call 810-591- 3620 or visit the school at 3375 Van Campen Drive, off Bristol Road, near Baker College.

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