Blue Water College Access Network
St. Clair County's College Resource | February 2021
College Knowledge for EVERYONE
Welcome to your resource for planning, preparing, and going to college after high school. Blue Water College Access Network is here to provide information and opportunities that will ensure you graduate confidently prepared, with plans for career and college beyond high school. Whether you choose to go on to earn a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or an industry credential, we can help you get there!
Each month, we will publish a newsletter to keep you on track, informed, and engaged in college activities provided by organizations across the county. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. Past editions of the newsletter can be found at bwcan.org. Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at email@example.com.
Celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) in February - and always!
To explore a full listing of accredited HBCU's, visit College Navigator.
Winter 2021 Essentials
Win a $500 Scholarship at a Winter Essentials Webinar Series Event!
Win a $500 Scholarship!
One St. Clair County 11th- or 12th-grade student in attendance will win a $500 scholarship at the end of each webinar. Scholarships are made possible by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.
The next event is Wednesday, February 24th at 7PM | Register for Parent 2 Parent now!
February is Career and Technical Education Month in Michigan
Students encouraged to explore education and career pathways during Career and Technical Education Month
CTE programs, like the ones offered at ST. Clair TEC, prepare students for career opportunities, “giving students a head start on their pathway to a certificate in professional trades, registered apprenticeships or a college degree.” Most high school programs also offer early college credit opportunities to provide a seamless transition to postsecondary education (learn more below).
Despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, over 97,000 Michigan high school students participated in CTE in the 2019-2020 school year. More than 95% of students who concentrated in CTE go on to attend a postsecondary educational institution, seek advanced career and technical education training, sign up for military service, participate in national volunteer service, or find employment within a year of graduation, according to MDE.
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) data also shows students who completed a high school CTE program and went on to earn a two-year degree earn an average starting wage that is $5,200 more than their peers with no high school CTE.
Postsecondary institutions in Michigan have more than 3,600 qualifying CTE programs, offering a certificate or associates degree. There are nearly 90,000 students enrolled in these programs in the state.
To explore professional trades careers, including Day-In-The-Life videos from real Michiganders highlighting their careers, and learn more about Career and Technical Education Month, visit Going-PRO.com/CTE.
For more information on the TEC-to-college pathway, check out the BWCAN webinar recording of the February College ABCC’s event.
Earn College Credit at the Career and Technical Middle College
The Career & Technical Middle College at St. Clair TEC allows students to pursue career-oriented studies in both the high school and college settings while earning college credit at no cost. CTMC students can earn an associate degree through an additional year of study.
Students in the CTMC remain students of their home high school. CTMC students take high school classes at their high school, as well as taking technical classes at TEC and college classes at St. Clair County Community College.
Students participating in the Career and Technical Middle College will, in year 11 of high school, take classes at their high school and at TEC. In year 12, they will take their classes at TEC and SC4. In year 13, virtually all their classes will be at SC4. At the end of that 13th year, students can earn an associate degree or certificate program from the college.
The CTMC is available to students in the following programs:
- Computer Programming
- Digital Media Technology
- Engineering & Robotics
- Metal Machining
For more information, FAQ, application information, and more, visit the CTMC website.
Paying for College
High School Seniors Eligible for $1,000 Scholarship
2021 SCCASB Scholarship Available
"To encourage students to choose a career track that recognizes the economic needs of the communities including the trade careers."
The SCCASB will award three (3) $1,000 scholarships to three seniors attending one of our local district high schools. The scholarship award is a competitive process. Each application received will be evaluated by a committee of school board members from across the county. Applicants will be evaluated together as a group. Points may be awarded for grade point average, leadership, financial need, evidence of self-help, community service, etc. All senior students are eligible to apply. The SCCASB has eliminated the criteria that the student must choose teaching or some other education-related profession to be considered a candidate. Students who are planning to attend a community college or trade school for any profession are eligible. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year university or college are also eligible, regardless of their career track.
The application along supporting documents need to be submitted by March 5, 2021, by mail, fax or email. The documents should be addressed to Kris Murphy, PO Box 1500, Marysville, MI 48040, fax 810.455.4535, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information about this scholarship opportunity, please call me at 810.455.4035 or email email@example.com.
Complete the FAFSA to unlock college grants, work-study funds, federal student loans, and certain state-based aid
Don’t miss out on money that can help you pay for college. The priority deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1. Submit your FAFSA form today at fafsa.gov.
For more information about the application, the process, and its importance, watch the recording of BWCAN’s Fall 2020 FAFSA webinar.
APPLY for SC4 Scholarships and Financial Aid Today!
You could be eligible for a 2021-22 scholarship!
SC4 has many scholarship opportunities available.
Some are targeted at students who plan to study a specific subject, while others are intended for students from a particular high school or town, and still others are open to students based on academic performance and extracurricular activities.
The priority deadline to apply is coming up on Sunday, March 14.
To maximize your financial aid, it is recommended that you complete your FAFSA for the 2021-22 academic year. If you haven't already done so, visit fafsa.gov to get started.
Please contact SC4’s Financial Aid office at 810.989.5530 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.
Scholarship Portal NOW OPEN
The Community Foundation of St. Clair County is now accepting scholarship applications. The deadline to apply is March 14. https://www.stclairfoundation.org/scholarships/
Our friends at the Athletic Factory are also hosting FAFSA/TIP workshops on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (1517 10th St. Port Huron). These are led by Brandon Wardlow and are for graduating seniors who need help filling out FAFSA and TIP paperwork. Dates: January 23rd, 30th; February 6th, 13th, 27th; March 6th, 13th, 20th
Spread the news about tuition-free degrees!
You know that family member or friend who’s always wanted to go to college – or return to finish a degree? Now may be the right time for them to make that dream become a reality.
If that person is 25 years or older, has a high school degree, and lives in Michigan, then a tuition-free pathway to college may be available through a new program called Michigan Reconnect. It’s a scholarship designed specifically for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate.
Michigan Reconnect pays the remaining balance of in-district tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. Students who attend out-of-district community colleges will receive a large tuition discount.
So, let’s all spread the word! Tell your mom, brother, grandchild, girlfriend or your best friend who’s been thinking about taking the big step of starting or finishing college about this new opportunity. It just might be the right time for them to take the leap. The Michigan Reconnect application and additional program information are available now at Michigan.gov/Reconnect, with enrollment in classes available beginning May 2021.
Planning for College
10th Graders: Learn how to earn a FREE degree while in high school
Now is the time to learn if the middle college is right for you. The BWMCA provides an opportunity for students to begin taking college courses at SC4 in 11th grade and continue through grade 13. BWMCA students can earn an SC4 associate degree and 60 or more transferable credits at no cost.
Applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2021. (Yale students must submit apps by February 16, 2021). Virtual information sessions are planned for all of our partner schools. Look for announcements from your school or on the BWMCA website.