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Teacher Education Program at GBHS is Expanding into Grand Blanc Early College!

In spite of the well-known and growing shortage of educators across the country, Grand Blanc High School recently sent over 60 students to the 2022 Teacher Leadership Symposium held by the Greater Flint Educational Consortium. Grand Blanc Schools staff presented at the conference, as well. 

In order to harness that excitement for teaching, GBHS is excited to announce it will expand the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Education offerings with another popular GBHS program, Grand Blanc Early College. This new addition to their collaboration with UM-Flint will give GBHS students who desire a teaching career the opportunity to start early and save a substantial amount of money on tuition. 

Last year, almost 70 GBHS students were enrolled in the CTE Teacher Education program. One teacher cadet has been placed in an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher position in a classroom at the Perry Center! That former cadet is now attending college (with a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship) in pursuit of her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials while placed in a classroom!

GBCS administration hopes to create a smooth pathway for GBHS grads back to Grand Blanc Schools as professional educators. GBEC grads who successfully complete their education and student teaching experience will be considered for qualified vacancies. Financial incentives may also be available to them! For more information on Teacher Ed within GBEC, read more here.

More about Grand Blanc Early College

Participants in GBEC are dual-enrolled in GBHS and UM-Flint. Credits earned are recorded on official UM-Flint transcripts as regular college courses and are applicable to four-year degree programs at UM-Flint and potentially other colleges and universities. GBEC students retain the ability to play sports, participate in extracurricular activities, and attend dances at GBHS during their 11th- and 12th-grade years. They can have a traditional ‘senior’ year, including prom and commencement, with their original graduating class. They also commit to a 13th year of school where courses are conducted onsite at UM-Flint’s campus. Upon completion, students will have earned their GBHS diploma AND 48 or more college credits (potentially ⅓ of the way to a bachelor's degree!). 

Students who are interested in GBEC must have a 3.0+ GPA, have demonstrated interest in pursuing post-secondary studies, and be motivated to tackle college-level coursework. They will also need strong writing and reading skills and must present recommendations from high school staff to be considered. 

This program is a great transition to college for any eligible student. It offers savings of over 90% in tuition costs versus the traditional cost of the same classes. UM-Flint offers over 120 different degree options within the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Management, College of Health Sciences, School of Education and Human Services, School of Nursing, and College of Innovation and Technology! (Families are responsible for checking for the viability of credits transferring to another college or university, but will likely find that most, if not all, credits will transfer.) 

Academic advisors and tutors are available to GBEC students and they will have access to the UM-Flint Recreation Center, the University of Michigan Library System (Flint, Ann Arbor, Dearborn locations and online), The Marian E. Wright Writing Center, the Student Success Center, and other UM-Flint student activities and clubs. 

2023 GBEC applications will soon be available to current GBHS sophomores! 
Letters about the GBEC program will be mailed to eligible GBHS applicants the week of November 7, 2022, and applications will be accepted from November 14, 2022 - January 6, 2023. GBEC plans to hold an informational session on December 13, 2022, at 6:30 PM in the west campus cafeteria as well as a virtual session on December 15, 2022, at 6:30 PM. RSVP information will be included with application letters.