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Early Middle College

Healthcare Industry

State Department and Agencies

Organizations Involved


Occupations Involved

High school students

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


Early Middle College (EMC) is a five-year program of study that allows a pupil to earn a high-school diploma and an associate degree or certificate with an additional year of high school. It is approved through the Michigan Department of Education and is available statewide. Throughout the five years, EMC students are gradually introduced to college courses and also have the opportunity to participate in a registered apprenticeship. EMC students can earn their associate degree or certificate in healthcare-related occupations but EMC is not solely a healthcare education initiative. The purposes of Early Middle College programs are to increase the number of high school & college enrollees and prepare students to go into high-demand careers.

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