ASM Tech Early College is a collaboration between West Shore E.S.D., Manistee I.S.D., and West Shore Community College. Located on the college's campus, ASM Tech serves fourteen different school districts through Mason, Lake, Oceana, and Manistee counties.
Focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career fields, ASM Tech provides students the chance to earn up to 60 transferable college credits, and potentially an associate's degree or college certification, while they work towards their high school diploma. ASM tech's goal is to reach out to college ready students who "otherwise might not" succeed in college, and provide them with the proper support services.
Students apply during their sophomore year in high school. The junior year focuses on preparing students to enter the college world while they remain in their local districts. During this time, students are encouraged to either dual enroll in WSCC courses or take a CTE class.
Students then enroll full-time into ASM Tech for their fourth and fifth years. During this time, each student will participate in a Core Time and take one high school class a semester to fulfill the requirements to receive their diploma. The rest of their schedule is based around an individualized plan created to meet their STEM career goals and academic abilities. This might include college courses, CTE classes, or both.