Berrien County 5th Year Early Middle College Program

Get a head start on college and in life by earning substantial college credit or certificate for FREE, while you're still in high school through the Berrien County 5th Year Early/Middle College program.  Tuition, books, and fees are provided at no cost to students and families! 

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Information Sessions Presentation 2020

Lake Michigan College:

Spring 2021 semester begins January 19, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2021.

*LMC will continue classes through Spring Break (March 1-5, 2021)*

Commencement date: May 2, 2021


Southwestern Michigan College:

Spring 2021 semester begins January 25, 2021 and ends on May 14, 2021.

Commencement date: May 15, 2021

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Contact Information

Early/Middle College Consultant
Melissa Springsteen 
(269) 471-7725, ext. 3304

  • Students and their families should also contact their local high school counselor/guidance office. 


Cohort 6 (Class of 2024)- July 12-16, 2021


Cohort 5 (Class of 2023)- July 7, 2021


Berrien RESA, Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College comply with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the United States Department of Education and the Michigan State Department of Education.