ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- This fall, Rockford High School is rolling out a pilot program where students can take college courses at the high school. It's part of a partnership between Ferris State University and Rockford Public Schools.
Students accepted into the program can take up to one semester worth of college courses. Unlike current programs, it's free for families and it's taught at the high school by high school teachers.
Dylan Gramza is a junior at Rockford High. He's plans to attend college for aerospace engineering, but like many, he worries about college debt. "For me right now expense is a big issue. College is not cheap, I don't want cost to get in the way of that."
Come the fall 2013, Rockford Public Schools and Ferris State University are partnering. Students can soon take college courses, at their high school.
Rockford schools will still offer AP courses and dual enrollment where students take college courses off-campus at local colleges. But this new program is free for families, and are taught at Rockford. Students can keep the credit by getting a 'C.' AP courses require better grades and a $70 exam.
Ferris State says it's a cost savings overall and the district says it will also get students prepared for higher education.
It's something Gramza says could help him get college ready, for a fraction of the cost. "It's a high school environment but you're getting a college course, get a feel for it without the shock when you get there."
Ferris State says most of the credits will transfer to universities in and out of the state, but they say double check before taking the courses.