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Dozens of Dual Enrollment Courses Available to Districts Collaborating with Ferris, KCAD

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Nearly three dozen Michigan school districts or regional career-tech centers in the state are participating in dual enrollment learning opportunities with the FerrisNow program at Ferris State University or in coursework offered by the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

More than two dozen courses offered by Ferris State University and the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris will be available to students at high school districts across Michigan. Spring 2021 semester dual enrollment opportunities have been published and distributed to these schools.

Director of the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships DeeDee Stakley said the COVID-19 pandemic has limited education enrichment opportunities for these students. Her office has welcomed new collaborations while continuing relationships with long-standing partner districts.

“We selected courses that the high schools in our partner districts can use to maximize the opportunities for their students,” Stakley said. “The State of Michigan Transfer Agreement means these General Education courses will be useful to students, wherever they might seek to continue their learning, but we are proud to welcome them as Bulldogs and demonstrate the excellence and value of the Ferris experience.”

Ferris classes available for dual enrollment through the FerrisNow program include sections from Retention and Student Success, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business. Kendall College of Art and Design coursework will include face-to-face sections on design, the making of products, and drawing. KCAD instruction for these high school students will also see a Hyflex offering in Apply: Color, with synchronous online instruction in classes such as design, drawing, fiber art and digital 3-D.

“My office is happy to be working with KCAD partners in the Grand Rapids area and other districts in southern Lower Michigan,” Stakley said. “It is an honor to provide access to higher education for these students so that they might go on to realize their goals and become leaders in their professions and communities.”

High schools, regional technical centers or home school organizations interested in dual enrollment opportunities for their students in the coming semester, or the 2021-22 academic year can reach Stakley by email.


Current FerrisNow partner districts or career tech centers include:

Armada High School

Big Rapids High School

Cedar Springs High School

Chippewa Hills High School

Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs

Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids

Evart High School

Home School, based in Wyoming

Kent Career Technical Center

Lapeer High School

LifeTech, in the Grand Rapids-Kentwood Area

Lowell High School

Michigan Collegiate High School in Warren

Michigan Connections Academy in Okemos

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, based near Manistee

Mecosta-Osceola Career Center

Morley Stanwood High School

Munising Baptist School

Ready For Life in Kentwood

Reed City High School    

Rockford High School

Sparta High School

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

Traverse City Central High School

Van Buren Intermediate School District, based in Paw Paw

White Cloud High School

Wilson Career Center, in the Ingham County Intermediate School District


KCAD’s Fall 2020 active high school dual enrollment partners (locations) include the following:

Allendale High School

Byron Center High School

Grand Blanc Community School

Grand Ledge High School

Northview High School, in Kent County’s Plainfield Township

Saugatuck High School

Waterford Kettering High School