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Due to the closing of K12 schools in Michigan, The Early College at LCC will extend its application deadline to June 1, 2020. Teacher Recommendations at this time are optional.

To apply, please complete and submit the online application. If you have questions, please contact Lonnie Thomas.

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Application Frequently Asked Questions

How will students and parents find out more about TEC?

Two online information sessions have been scheduled for May 13 and 18, 2020. More information will be available soon. 

How do students apply?

Students and parents can apply online at The Early College Online Application.

What schools participate in The Early College at LCC?

Participating schools currently include: Dansville High School, Dewitt High School, East Lansing High School, Eaton Rapids High School, Grand Ledge High School, Haslett High School, Lakewood High School, Leslie High School, Mason High School, NexTech High School, Okemos High School, St. Johns High School, Stockbridge High School, Waverly High School, Webberville High School and Williamston High School.

Can home schooled or private school students apply?

Financial support for this program comes from the state student funding allowance. Because of this funding stream, this program is for public school students. Home schooled or private school students would have to enroll in their local district in order to apply.

Are there minimum requirements, age or grade level to apply?

Students have to be in grade 10 and on track (within one credit) to meet Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements.

Are there limited seats available per local school district?

Each local school district has a limited number of seats and the seats will be selected through a lottery. 

Are there any minimum or maximum income requirements to apply?


Program Frequently Asked Questions

Program Frequently Asked Questions


When will students graduate from high school?

Students will graduate after the third year with The Early College (TEC) at Lansing Community College (LCC). It is at that point, after completing all three years, when a student earns the high school diploma, delayed by one year. However, a student wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony with the home high school is generally allowed to do so as long as they are on track to graduate on time.

Can students participate in extra-curricular activities at their home high schools? But my student is an athlete and is entertaining scholarships and is being scouted. How will TEC interfere with that?

Many TEC students stay involved with their home high schools: sports, dances, clubs, etc. This is an individual decision and is dependent upon a number of factors including academic performance at TEC, personal schedule, transportation, and honest conversations with TEC mentors. For students interested in athletic scholarships, it is important to recognize that high school sport participation is not going to be part of the third year of TEC. MHSAA will not allow a student to participate during that year. We have seen students leave TEC to play varsity sports after TEC, and we have seen students choose to stay at their home high schools because the draw of sports is too strong. What is key is to consider what TEC offers: preparation for college success in a supportive environment, up to two years of college credits, and the chance to earn academic merit scholarships (NCAA reported in 2018 that about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college).

Will the college credits transfer?

Only the receiving institution can determine whether or not a student’s credits will transfer; LCC can make no guarantees. That said, our graduating students transfer many credits every year. We have seen students transfer 54 credits to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – a very competitive school and why we use it as an example here – and we have seen students take all of their earned credits to out-of-state private schools. Yet we know that schools like Harvard have told us that no college credits earned in high school will transfer. That’s how Harvard operates for all; it is a 4-year residential experience. The mentors encourage and guide students, as do the various degree paths that LCC has in place, to take courses that are most likely to transfer to college or to translate into applicable job skills.

Does TEC provide transportation? What about parking?

TEC does not provide transportation. Families are responsible for ensuring that students make it to campus. Parking passes are free and included once students are enrolled.

Is it like taking AP courses or better? My child takes AP courses or is dual enrolled or has that opportunity next year. How is this different?

TEC high school courses, taught by TEC instructors/mentors, are, in a word, unique. To compare them would be unfair to AP, IB, general education, CTE, special education, and TEC instructors themselves. TEC instructors teach high school content in a way that prepares students to succeed in college courses at LCC. And since 2011, students have been doing just that. What makes TEC different? We are located on a college campus. That has a positive impact on students that is not to be dismissed. And TEC instructors know their target; they know what the instructors on campus want of incoming students. Additionally, part of what we do here is teach students how to go to college, how to be better students. And we mentor them through the entire process, for three years with the same mentor.

Will they be a junior when they transfer out of LCC?

This all depends on the individual student. Most will enter college as freshman because they have only just completed high school. Their credits will transfer in upon enrollment or after they have completed their first semester at the receiving institution. Some students will enter college as a junior, certainly, if that is how the receiving institution wants to view them; Florida State University is an example.

How did TEC and LCC handle education during the K12 stoppage during the COVID-19 pandemic? What about interaction with other students? Was this maintained? Will it be if this continues or happens again?

TEC lost no time and moved immediately to online learning. LCC took two days off and did the same. LCC and TEC employ an online learning management system that allows for quizzing, testing, discussion boards, assignments, videos, live chat meetings, etc. TEC and LCC instructors made use of all of these tools for class meetings, one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, and for office hours. Students made use of these tools and other interactive tools like Skype and Zoom.

What about technology? Will my student need a laptop or tablet? Will one be provided for them?

In a face-to-face setting, students have ample access to technology on campus. If a reliable and consistent laptop or tablet cannot be provided to a student by a family, a student should avail themselves of campus resources regularly. Much of what is available to them at LCC will be necessary for their success, from simple word processing to use of the online learning management system to the Mathematics software they will work with in TEC courses and LCC courses. LCC does loan out laptops to students regularly.

Where do they eat and what do they eat?

Students can bring a lunch, and many do. Depending on weather, there are many places to sit and eat on campus, including the Mackinaw Building where TEC classes are held. Otherwise, the Gannon Commons (which you can research on LCC’s website) offers a number of options for students. Students must remain on campus for lunch. For those eligible for free or reduced lunch, arrangements are made so they can access breakfast and lunch in the Gannon Commons.

Where can my student go when they are not in class? I have to drop my student off early or pick my student up late.

When not in class before and after the school day, many students spend time in the Mackinaw Building study areas, TLC in the library, and in the Gannon Commons. The Mackinaw Building opens at 7:00 a.m., and buildings on LCC’s mains campus are open until at least 9:00 p.m. TEC’s office is open until 5:00 p.m. There is after-school tutoring offered many days of the week for much of the school year for TEC classes after school, too, and many students take advantage of this service.