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Early College Alliance Program At EMU Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ellen Fischer
ECA students at Eastern Michigan University.

The Early College Alliance program at Eastern Michigan University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

During the last decade, over 900 students from Washtenaw County and its surrounding areas have graduated from the program.  The idea is to prepare high school students for college.  That includes taking actual college courses at EMU and graduating with up to 60 college credits.

Ellen Fischer is the principal of the ECA program.  She conducted a college graduation rate study for the first two cohorts of the program.

"I was able to study, especially the students that remained at Eastern, and they had a 68% bachelor's degree completion," said Fischer.

The ECA program itself has a 99% graduation rate.  Some of those students have earned degrees in the health, business, and education fields.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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