Frequently Asked Questions
What are we?
- The Academy of Science, Math, and Technology Early College High School (ASM Tech) is one of over 30 Middle and Early College High Schools in Michigan. We are funded like any other public high school in the state.
- A high school on the campus of West Shore Community College limited to 30-40 students per grade level.
- Focused on being the right school, for the right students, for the right reasons.
- The vision of ASM Tech is to provide a chance for college ready students who "otherwise might not."
Who are we?
- We are a collaboration between the West Shore Educational Service District, the Manistee Intermediate School District, Mason County Central School District, and West Shore Community College.
How do students get in to ASM Tech?
- Each school district from Mason, Lake, Oceana, and Manistee County is guaranteed the selection of two qualified students. More than two may be selected, based on availability and number of qualified applicants.
- For more information on our application process, please refer to our "Future Students" page.
What will we NOT be?
- A program/high school for every student in the area.
- A replacement for the CTE Technical Center or Dual Enrollment.
Are ASM Tech student still allowed to participate in CTE programs?
- Yes. Many of our student will combine their college coursework with a CTE class that gives them experience in a subject appropriate to their career path.
What are we here to do?
- Increase the number of students in the region attending college.
- Increase the number of students in the region succeeding in college.
- Give students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers a head-start on College.*
What's in it for the students?
- Free West Shore Community College tuition for all courses taken during the two years they are enrolled in ASM Tech.
- Free college textbooks and fee for two years.
- Access to both our College Success Coordinator and School Counselor to help in your academic journey.
- Full Access to West Shore Community College and its activities, events, and services.
What does and "Early College" look like?
- Students will be enrolled in high school for a total of five years.
- The first two years will be at their local high school.
- The third year will be at their regular high school, with some dual enrollment or CTE courses.
- Fourth and fifth years will be on the campus of West Shore Community College full time, taking a mix of college courses, CTE courses, and high school courses depending on each individual student's academic ability.
How are sports and other extracurricular activities handled for students in ASM Tech?
- During the fourth year, student will be able to participate in the local high school sports, clubs, dances, and graduation (they will only receive a certificate of attendance).
- During the fifth year, student will not be allowed to participate in sports, clubs, or other extracurricular activities. They may only attend dances is it is approved by the local school.
Where will students receive their high school diploma from?
- At the end of the fifth year, ASM Tech will hold a graduation ceremony in which students will receive their high school diplomas. If a student is able to earn their Associate's degree from WSCC, they may also walk in that graduation as well.
How will being an Early College Student affect my future college scholarships and financial aid?
- Upon graduation, all ASM Tech students will still be viewed as first year students by post-secondary educational institutions. The amount of college credits earned prior to their ASM Tech graduation will not affect this status. The means that each student will still have the opportunity to qualify for freshman (first year) scholarships instead of transfer scholarships. Plus they will potentially have amassed a number of college credits that will not impact future financial aid.
How will students be selected?
- Please refer to the "Future Students" page.
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