U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is signing on to a plan in the Senate that would make college more affordable by encouraging high schools and colleges to work together to allow students to earn college credits at no extra cost before graduating from high school.
Such “dual enrollment” programs already exist in Michigan, but this legislation would expand the funding that makes them possible, and would
- Offer dual and concurrent enrollment programs as well as early/middle college programming, including covering tuition, fees, books and materials for students
- Provide professional development services to teachers in these programs
- Support course design, course approval processes, community outreach, student counseling and support services.
Sen. Peters voiced his support of the plan.
“Some form of higher education or technical certification is increasingly essential to joining today’s workforce, and the rising cost of tuition should not be a barrier that keeps students from getting the skills and education they need to succeed,” said Senator Peters.