Steps for Participation

  • Kalamazoo County Early/Middle College (EMC)
    2021-2022 Steps to Participation


    1. Student Completes EMC Application by March 5, 2021
      • The EMC Application will be open from January 13, 2021 until March 5, 2021.
      • The student's counselor and teachers will receive emails to complete recommendations for the student.
    2. Student Completes the KVCC Application by March 12, 2021
      • Create an account and follow the directions to complete the KVCC Application.
      • Once the KVCC application has been submitted, within a week the student will receive an acceptance letter in the mail with a KVCC Valley Number. Students should keep their Valley Number in a safe place for future use.
      • Email to confirm receipt of the acceptance letter from KVCC and provide student Valley Number by March 19, 2021. Students should also provide their high school counselor with their Valley Number.
    3. Student Completes KVCC Placement Testing by March 26, 2021
      • KVCC has minimum college-level benchmarks that must be set for enrollment. Additionally, there are also higher benchmarks that must be met for particular courses. Students must meet the minimum benchmarks for the EMC courses necessary to their program of student prior to enrollment.
      • Students may be able to access placement testing at their high school. Speak with your high school counseling office to see if this is available in your building.
      • Placement testing is also available at KVCC on a walk-in basis at the KVCC Testing Center. Students should contact the following locations for specific testing hours:
        • Texas Township Campus
          Room 2210
          (269) 488-4460
        • Arcadia Campus, Anna Whitten Hall
          Room 211
          (269) 373-7836
      • Students who take the test at KVCC will need to bring the following:
        • Valley ID number, listed on KVCC acceptance letter
        • Photo Identification, including driver's license, school or passport
      • Students will be tested in Math, Reading and Writing. KVCC uses the Accuplacer assessment for testing. There are no time limits on the tests, so students can focus on doing their best.
      • Students are encouraged to review Accuplacer Practice Questions to learn the format of the questions.
        • When using the web-based study app, please select the "Next Generation Accuplacer" option, then choose the "Learn as You Go" option to receive immediate feedback after each question.
      • Placement scores will be available same-day. Scores should be scanned and emailed as an attachment to and shared with your high school counselor. EMC staff will help interpret scores and discuss next steps
      • Placement scores are required to be on file with KVCC prior to attending orientation and registering for classes.
    4. School District Determines Student Eligibility for Participation by April 9, 2021
      • The student's local school district will determine if they qualify to be in the Early/Middle College program based on their college readiness. Students must meet the KVCC minimum college level benchmarks to participate.
    5. Student Meets with Counselor to Create a Tentative High School Schedule by April 9, 2021
      • It is very important this meeting takes place before students meet with KVCC Advising to schedule courses.
        Students should be enrolled in College Success Strategies course in 10th grade at the high school. This is a required course for all EMC students.
      • Students should be enrolled in CTE/EFA courses as needed for their EMC Program of Study.
        Students should work with their counselor to plan out Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements needed for the next school year and how many KVCC classes can be scheduled for their EMC Program of Study.
    6. Students and Parents/Guardians Attend an EMC Orientation Session at KVCC on May 18 or May 27, 2021
      • Students and parents/guardians must attend one of these sessions.
    7. Student Meets with KVCC Advising and Plans Classes for Fall Semester by May 28, 2021
      • 9th grade students who will not be taking 10th grade KVCC courses will not have an advising meeting. They will meet with the KVCC Advisor as a 10th grade student when they begin scheduling courses.
      • This meeting takes place at the high school and students will be made aware of their scheduled time.
      • Students register for their courses during the meeting with EMC staff. Courses must be approved by the EMC Coordinator and KVCC Advisor.
    8. Student Completes the KVCC Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) form by May 28, 2021
      • The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) form must be completed each semester for students taking KVCC courses.
      • The form is available at your school's Counseling Office or online at
      • Students must complete the form and return it to the high school counselor. The high school submits the form to KVCC to ensure the school district is billed for the courses, rather than the student.
    9. Student Attends the Mandatory EMC Kickoff Event at KVCC on August 17, 2021
      • The EMC Kickoff event is mandatory for current 10th grade EMC students who will be in 11th grade during the 2021-22 school year. Event details will be provided.
      • Students will explore KVCC's campus, meet their EMC mentor, hear from older students in the program, get to know students from other schools in their EMC cohort, hear tips for success and much more.
    10. Student Obtains a KVCC Student ID Card
      • ID cards are available ten days before the semester begins. Students will get their ID card as part of the Kickoff event. Students can also visit the KVCC Student Service Center near the Bookstore to receive their ID card.
      • Students taking courses at Arcadia Commons need an ID card for parking validation and door access.
    11. Students Obtain Textbooks for KVCC Fall Courses
      • Student should follow their school district's textbook guidelines for Early/Middle College. Most districts utilize a reimbursement process, which only occurs if money remains in the students' allocated amount after tuition and fees have been paid.
    12. Student Regularly Checks KVCC Email
      • KVCC uses its student email addresses to communicate. Be sure to check your email regularly.
      • Students can check their email through the My Valley portal.
    13. Student Begins KVCC Fall Semester on September 8, 2021 - Have a wonderful semester!