A shared commitment to higher-education access has set the stage for a new partnership between Ferris State University and Armada Area Schools.
Recently, Ferris and Armada announced a partnership to offer AAS and Macomb Academy of Arts and Science students the opportunity to participate in the university’s Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program. The initiative allows students to take Ferris general education courses and receive academic credit that can be applied toward a Ferris degree or to transfer to other colleges and universities.
The Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program provides opportunities for students to earn college credit through dual and concurrent enrollment classes at Armada High School and Macomb Academy of Arts, Sciences and Education. The program follows the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships model. As a part of the model, participating high school instructors are approved and trained by Ferris to ensure that specific criteria mandated by university accreditation, Ferris policy, the NACEP and faculty credentialing requirements are met.
Armada Area Schools Superintendent Michael Musary endorsed the Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program as an exciting opportunity for Armada students.
“I am very excited about partnering with Ferris State University,” Musary said. “After touring the Ferris campus, I was very impressed with the faculty and degree programs. Our students are the real winners here. We will be able to tap into FSU’s expertise and offer college-level curriculum to our students. The future Armada high school graduates will be leaving our district with multiple college credits.”
The program helps students reduce the cost of a college education by cutting the time it takes for students to earn a degree. It also helps students prepare for the rigor of college-level academic courses. The program creates a solid transition from high school to college and is part of a collaborative commitment to increase access to a high-quality education.
The new partnership will begin with the 2014-15 school year.
Armada is located in Macomb County, north of Detroit.
Rockford Public Schools participated in the program pilot. That joint announcement was made in Rockford on June 4, 2013.
Pictured: (Left) Michael Musary, superintendent of Armada Area Schools, and (right) Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University.