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LTU 'early middle college' offers Henry Ford High students a boost on computer careers

Release Date: March 3, 2021

SOUTHFIELD—Students at Henry Ford High School in Detroit can get a jump start on their college education under a new “early middle college” agreement with Lawrence Technological University.

This is the first early middle college agreement in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, and it’s one of a growing number of partnerships Lawrence Tech has forged with area high schools—now more than 40 in all.

Under the program at Henry Ford, students will begin taking LTU college courses in the 10th grade, starting with introductory computer courses. By their senior year, they’ll be taking advanced computer science and database systems courses, along with literature and natural sciences at the college level. And in their fifth year, they’ll be taking advanced classes in web server programming, cybersecurity, as well as the humanities.

At the conclusion of the five-year program, the students will have earned both a high school diploma and an LTU associate degree in general studies, with a choice of tracks in computer science, information technology, or business.

Middle college is an opportunity for high school students to earn an associate’s degree while they earn their high school diploma, and get halfway to a bachelor’s degree. In this program, students will earn up to 62 credit hours, and are given 50 percent off tuition to take the remaining courses to earn a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Tech. Students interested in the program should contact Henry Ford Principal Michael Mokdad.

“The EMC program aligns with Henry Ford High School’s mantra of ‘Excellence Leads to Opportunity,’” Mokdad said. “It provides students access to the highly coveted information technology field, coupled with a world class education from Lawrence Technological University. The future is bright and will take them as far as their dreams.”

Added Patrick Nelson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at LTU: “The first cohort of students in the new collaboration between HFHS and LTU have the opportunity to set the stage for a new generation of high school students to develop skill sets necessary to secure great career opportunities in computer science right out of high school. This is an exciting time for LTU to be involved with such a wonderful group of students and teachers at Henry Ford High School. For these kids, the sky is truly the limit.”

Officials at other high schools interested in developing programs with Lawrence Tech should contact Lisa Kujawa, LTU’s associate provost for enrollment management and outreach, at lkujawa@ltu.edu or 248.204.2403.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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