GCC Early Middle College
About Our Program:
Early Middle College (EMC) is an increasingly popular educational concept designed to enable a student to graduate from high school with two credentials: his or her high school diploma and a postsecondary certificate or associate degree. This program will enable more students to finish high school with a postsecondary credential that leads to paid employment or a paid apprenticeship and will jump-start their postsecondary education.
The target industry for the launch of the GCC Early Middle College is Guam’s construction industry, which is currently struggling to recruit local workers. GCC already has in place a career and technical education (CTE) Construction Trades program in Guam’s public high schools that allows the student to graduate from high school with nine credits that create a pathway into one of GCC’s postsecondary construction-related certificate or associate degree programs. The EMC pilot includes the following construction concentrations: carpentry, masonry, reinforcing metalworker, electricity, HVAC, plumbing, and welding. GCC plans to expand its Early Middle College program next year to include other in-demand careers on Guam and in the region.
How it works:
Eligible students must fully participate in GCC's secondary CTE program in Construction Trades for the first two cohorts. In the CTE program, students who
will earn a Certificate of Mastery upon graduation. Through GCC’s Dual Credit Articulated Programs of Study (DCAPS), these students can earn 9 college credits that will carry over to a GCC postsecondary program.
- Enroll in these CTE programs from sophomore through senior year,
- Earn a grade of “B” or better in their CTE courses all three years, and
- Successfully participate in the 180-hour work experience component of the program,
Once in the CTE program, interested students are to complete the following contact information form: CLICK HERE.
All EMC students are required to attend a briefing with their parent/guardian and submit the following documents to your GCC secondary counselor or any EMC Team member to enroll as a college student. (Click on the name for the form)
As required by public law, health records for new students must be updated at the Student Health Center in the Student Center before registering for EMC classes.
When selected to participate in the program, students and parents will sign an agreement form. During the first few months, students will also participate in workshops to help prepare them for college-level courses. To further student success, support services will be provided to all EMC students such as tutoring, intrusive counseling, career advisement, etc. With students and parents commitment, GCC strives to provide and meet student needs to be successful in their field.
Early Middle College is currently being piloted at George Washington High School and will soon expand to each Guam Public High School.