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Shepherd High School enhances learning spaces

Shepherd Public Schools and Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) are furthering their partnership to offer a more robust space for students taking college courses while still in high school.

The four-room Laidley Building has been recently remodeled to function as a mini satellite campus for the dual enrolled and Early College students at Shepherd High School.

The Laidley Building on the Shepherd High School campus has been upgraded to equip the classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment, transforming them into full-functioning learning environments. A ribbon-cutting event is set to take place 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at 100 Hall St. in Shepherd. MMCC President Christine Hammond will be in attendance along with Superintendent Bunker and many others from Shepherd Public Schools (SPS) to commemorate this joint venture.

“Shepherd is continuing to enhance their dual-enrollment offerings for students,” commented Brent Mishler, Director of Admissions at Mid Michigan Community College. “MMCC is proud to partner with such a supportive educational provider and we look forward to expanding Shepherd’s Early College program as well.”

Early College, which might be described as a “school within a school,” allows enrolled students to earn their high school diplomas while also earning college credentialing through MMCC. Program participants, if they choose, can complete their full associates degrees from MMCC before they graduate from high school. In order to complete the curriculum requirements for both high school and the college’s associate degrees, Early College students attend five years of high school rather than the standard four.

“Shepherd has a history of encouraging students to take college classes while still in high school,” noted Shepherd High School Principal, Joe Passalacqua. “The Laidley Building renovation is another example of Shepherd’s commitment to providing higher education options to students and supporting them during their educational journeys.”

“We’re excited to use this dedicated space that will allow our partnership with Shepherd to continue to grow and offer higher learning opportunities to students,” said Rick Smith, MMCC’s Associate Dean of Academic Outreach.

To learn more about the Laidley Building ribbon cutting or the Shepherd High School Early College Program, contact Shepherd High School Principal, Joe Passalacqua, at (989) 828-6601. To learn more about MMCC’s dual enrollment programming or its other off-campus and Early College efforts, contact Rick Smith at rjsmith2@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622, ext. 631.

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