Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College
In 2015 the Michigan Department of Education endorsed the Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College as one of a small number of Middle College High Schools in the State of Michigan.
The Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College is working with the Michigan Early/Middle College Association (MEMCA), the Michigan Department of Education and Washtenaw Community College to significantly increase the high school, collegiate and post-secondary success and completion rate of Ypsilanti youth.
The Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College was granted MEMCA Accreditation on Dec. 1, 2016.
The Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College
The Ypsilanti STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing) Middle College offers a rigorous, relevant and technologically advanced learning experience for all students. Businesses, community partnerships, and STEMM-based electives are used to create and incorporate real-world experiences in the learning process. Inquiry and project-based instructional best practices are implemented to ensure every student accomplishes their goals. In order to create a meaningful educational experience, we have established a system of shared responsibility and collaboration, supported by the trust and respect of students, staff, and the community. The culminating learning experience for STEMM will be a Senior Capstone project.
Our Middle College blurs the border between high school and college. This 5-year blended institution program ideally combines 2.5 years onsite at Ypsilanti Community High School with 2.5 years offsite at our partner college, Washtenaw Community College. All STEMM students who complete the program will earn a high school diploma and 15-60 transferable college credits.
Students will earn a MEMCA (Michigan Early College Association Accreditation) approved College Readiness Certification, and either a certification in one of a number of MEMCA Technical Certification programs or an associate’s degree upon graduation from the STEMM Middle College. Students are enrolled in an intensive STEMM–based Michigan Merit Curriculum, where they are intentionally supported and guided as they develop into successful college-level learners.
- Up to 60 transferable college credits from Washtenaw Community College
- Mentoring and support from advisors/teachers while transitioning from high school to college
- Engineering and Manufacturing experiences as part of the Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College Curriculum
- MEMCA College Readiness Certification
- Development of an Educational Development Plan used to guide the students through the 5 year blended institutional experience.
- Two world-class FIRST FRC Robotics Teams (Team 66 and 470)
- MEMCA Technical Certifications Offered:
- Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
- Computer systems technology
- Construction technology
- Engineering design & technology
- Aviation technology
- Machine Tool Technology
- College Readiness
- Gracious Professionalism
FIRST Robotics Engineering Principles:
The idea for the YCHS STEMM Middle College grew out of work with our FIRST Robotics Team 66. Using FIRST principles, engaging our students in engineering principles to design and compete in FIRST Robotic Competitions allowed us to design a highly competitive robotics program, from which our drive to build a STEMM Community arose. FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) is the backbone of this Middle College. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership (www.firstinspires.org).