Henry Ford Early College (HFEC)–a collaboration between Henry Ford Community College (HFCC), Dearborn Public Schools and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS)-held its first commencement on May 10, 2012.
According to Cindi Scheuer, Henry Ford Community College instructor and HFEC liaison, 24 students are graduating, 14 of whom will receive an associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma. Ten other students have completed more than 40 college credits, thus providing them with a head start on their college careers. Many graduating students have been accepted at major four-year colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, even DePaul University in Chicago.
Dr. Gail Mee, president of HFCC, said that the achievement of these students ‘represents an important step toward a lifetime of success. It also shows that through strong alliances between business and educational partners, we can make a significant difference in the lives of all students. We are thrilled to celebrate the first graduation of Henry Ford Early College.’
One of six ‘middle/early college’ high schools announced in 2006 and initially funded by state grants, HFEC was successfully launched in 2007. Its purpose is to prepare students for employment opportunities in the healthcare field. Students can earn an associate’s degree or certificate in any of the following areas: Pharmacy Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiographer, Respiratory Therapist, Surgical Technologist, Paramedic, Nursing, Ophthalmic Technician, Medical Practice, Biotechnology, or Science. Students begin this five-year program in the 9th grade and complete it after five years. Upon graduation, qualified students are eligible for employment within the Henry Ford Health System.
In 2009, HFEC was the recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award at HFCC. The Innovation of the Year is a national initiative of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement with creative ideas and initiatives.
Henry Ford Early College is a member of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) and the Michigan Early and Middle College Association (MEMCA). To learn more about Henry Ford Early College, please contact HFEC at 313.317.1588, or visit http://earlycollege.dearbornschools.org/