Earn Your Associate Degree!


Are you eager for a challenge and prepared to tackle college-level academics in high school?  If so, Early College High School may be a prefect fit.  Portage Lakes Career Center has developed an unprecedented model that will allow our students to earn a FREE Associate Degree from The University of Akron’s College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) while completing their high school experience.  Early College High School (ECHS) students will earn technical credits through their career technical program and complete their academic general education requirements in PLCC’s Distance Learning Lab.

All college expenses, including textbooks and tuition, are covered by PLCC.  Each Associate Degree has a path to a Bachelor’s Degree and additional graduate education opportunities at The University of Akron and other institutions across Ohio.

If you plan to go to college, ECHS is your opportunity  to learn technical skills, attain industry certifications, prepare for a career, and earn a college degree upon graduation from high school – AT NO COST.  Rather than enrolling in a few AP classes or taking CCP classes that may or may not fulfill a college’s requirements, ECHS offers a direct path to a portable degree.

PLCC’s ECHS program will begin the summer before your junior year.  Classes will be taken at PLCC and instructed in person by a University of Akron instructor or taken on-line in our Distance Learning Lab.  Opportunities to take facilitated courses on-line from home or on The University of Akron campus are also possible.

To learn more about Early College High School, plan to attend an informational session during our Open House on February 8, 2018.  Informational sessions will be offered at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm.

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Portage Lakes Early College High School

University of Akron