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Early College

North Ed Early College allows students to take college classes while attending Career Tech and receive funding for an additional year of classes at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) after 12th grade. Early college students can earn an industry credential, transferable college credits and/or an associate degree at significantly reduced cost. Whether you plan  to enter the workforce right away or continue your education, Early College can set you up for success while saving time and money.   

Learn More at Early College Information Meetings - Spring 2024

North Ed Early College is hosting spring 2024 information meetings for prospective students and interested families. Read more about the events and register to attend one of the sessions below:

Thursday, April 25, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 6-7 p.m.

The in-person information meetings will take place at Career Tech, 880 Parsons Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. For more information, contact Early College Coordinator Ashley Darga at 

Why Early College?

Your goal may be to transfer to a four-year university or to jumpstart a career. Either way, North Ed Early College can help you get there while saving time and money. Coursework is paid in part or whole by the student’s local school district, saving students thousands of tuition dollars each year. Plus, courses can often be used to satisfy high school and college requirements, which saves time too!

Programs of Study

Students who enroll in the following North Ed Career Tech programs are eligible to apply for admission into the Early College program: 

  • Agriscience
  • Auto Repair
  • Business Careers
  • Engineering Academy
  • Graphic Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Precision Machining 
  • Public Safety
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Teacher Academy
  • Welding
  • Writers Studio

Students will be selected for participation in accordance with Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University admission requirements. After admission, Early College students will work with advisors to develop a three-year plan of high school and college courses leading to completion of all Michigan Merit Curriculum and college degree or certificate requirements. Students can also earn up to 60 transferable college credits and/or industry certifications.  

Questions? Here's More Information

North Ed Early College Frequently Asked Questions

External LinkNorthwestern Michigan College -  Early College Information

Contact Early College Coordinator Ashley Darga at