A shared commitment to higher-education access has set the stage for a new partnership between Ferris State University and Armada Area Schools. On Wednesday February 26, Ferris and AAS announced their partnership on offering the opportunity for Armada High School and Macomb Academy of Arts and Science students to benefit from a new Ferris program, the Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program. This program will allow students to take general education courses and receive academic credit that will transfer to colleges and universities.
The Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program will provide students with an opportunity to earn college credit through dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment classes offered at Armada High School and Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences. The program follows the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships concurrent enrollment model. As a part of that model, high school instructors participating in the program are approved and trained by Ferris to ensure that specific criteria mandated by university accreditation, Ferris policy, NACEP, and faculty credentialing requirements are met.
Superintendent Michael Musary endorsed the Woodbridge Ferris Early College Program as a wonderful opportunity for Armada students. "I am very excited about partnering with Ferris State University. After touring their campus, I was very impressed with their faculty and degree programs. Our students are the real winners here. We will be able to tap into FSU's expertise and offer college-level curriculum to our students. The future Armada High School graduates will be leaving our district with multiple college credits."
A major benefit of the program is the opportunity it provides students to reduce the cost of a college education by reducing the time it will take to earn a degree, and have students prepared for the rigor of college level courses. It creates a solid transition from high school to college and demonstrates a shared commitment to increasing access to a high quality education.