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Early college student Kailee McGarvey

Early College


At Early College, students benefit from a personalized learning environment that fosters the development of critical thinking skills within an innovative curriculum that promotes excellence in the fields of math, English, social studies and science. Students will spend their entire school day at Montcalm Community College for grades 11-13.

Montcalm Community College Early College Student Update
Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)


In light of Michigan schools closing for the rest of the year, we have had to make some adjustments in our normal early college process. I will try to keep it as simple as possible, but there is a lot to cover.


  1. The new application deadline is May 22.
  2. If you already have an application filled out, and you just need to turn it in, here are your options:
    1. Mail your application to: Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, C/O Shannon Tripp, 621 New St., Stanton, MI 48888.
    2. Drop your application off at MAISD’s main office at 621 New St. in Stanton. There is a drop box by the door.
    3. Drop applications off at Montabella schools during their food pick up times and dates.
    4. Drop application off at Saranac schools during their food pick up times and dates.
    5. Drop application off at Mrs. Humphrey’s house at 11075 Angel Pond Dr. NE, Rockford. She has placed a box outside her house for a contact free drop off.
  3. If I find out about more drop off spots, I will update the list.
  4. Don’t worry about making sure you have a copy of your transcript in the application. I can get that from your counselor at a later date.
  5. If you need an application, please email me at and leave your name and address. I will mail an application out to you.
  6. This is going to delay our testing that I talked about and the summer meetings that I normally have in July. Once we have all applications turned in, I will send out a letter with those details.
  7. If your application was already turned in to your high school counselor, you are all set. I will make sure I get those before the due date.
Shannon Tripp
Associate Superintendent of CTE/Early College

parent information nightsThe 2020 parent information nights are closed at this time.


  • Earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits, tuition free.
  • Reduce time in college by one year if an associate degree is earned.
  • Successfully transition to a college environment.
  • Potential savings of $25,000 to $50,000 (if a student planned to attend a university and live on campus.)


eligibilityTo be eligible to enroll in the 2020-2021 academic year, the following criteria must be met:

  • Students who, as of Nov. 2019, are 10th grade high school students (home school, parochial, private or charter school students are also eligible.)
  • Students must be residents of the State of Michigan.
  • Students must be at least 14 years of age by Aug. 1, 2020.
  • You cannot be in the United States under a J-1 Visa.

participating high schools

  • Belding Area Schools
  • Carson City – Crystal Area Schools
  • Central Montcalm Public Schools
  • Greenville Public Schools
  • Ionia Public Schools
  • Lakeview Community Schools
  • Montabella Community Schools
  • Saranac Community Schools
  • Tri County Area Schools
  • Vestaburg Community School

Learn moreWhether your school district participates in the program or not, you may be eligible to become an Early College student. Learn more about this unique learning opportunity.

" Early college set me ahead of the game and saved me a ton of money. "
Tyler McGarvey, Early College Alumna
Shannon Tripp