Sitting, L to R: Aleesha Carlson, Sheyenne Skog and Ryan Deau are the first graduates of the local Early College Program. All have received welding certificates. Standing, L to R: Andrew Paulsen, Bay College/DI-ISD welding instructor, Laura Moloney, Bay College, Director of Student Services-West and Michael Mulligan, DI-ISD CTE Director/Principal
Welding jobs are in high demand locally and Bay College has answered the call. Since fall 2016 Bay has offered the entire welding program at their West Campus with graduates steadily entering Dickinson County’s workforce. During that same time, Bay and the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, (DIISD) partnered on an Early College program resulting in the first class graduates this past May. Michael Mulligan, CTE Director/Principal, DI-ISD is excited about program. “We are very pleased to see the first cohort of Early College students graduate from Bay. We are excited to see many more students take advantage of the ability to earn a college degree at no charge in welding, computer networking, or mechatronics.”
Early College is a five-year high school program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and college credentials through an additional fifth year of study. The State of Michigan provides an additional year of per-pupil funding, making this college degree or certificate completely free to the student. By combining credits earned while attending classes at the DIISD with one year of classes directly from Bay, Early College students can easily complete a welding certificate as one of their credential options. “The Early College opportunity allows high school students, who confidently understand their career goals, to get a head start on their credentials,” stated Laura Moloney, Student Service Director at the Bay West Campus.
For more information, regarding Early College opportunities, feel free to contact Michael Mulligan at 906.779.2697 or Laura Moloney at 906.302.3010.