Middle College Overview

The Blue Water Middle College Academy provides St. Clair County students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree at no cost by attending school for an extra year.

The middle college is designed to increase the number of students enrolling in college and the number of students completing either an associate or bachelor’s degree.

This is accomplished by progressively transitioning high school students into the college environment beginning in 11th grade and continuing through year 13. The Blue Water Middle College is modeled on schools elsewhere in Michigan and the nation that blend high school and college classes.

Students are supported throughout the program with personal mentoring and academic counseling, college success workshops, and development of a supportive group of fellow middle college students.

Students enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy in the fall of their 11th grade year. Enrollment begins in January with a series of informational meetings at the partnering high schools.

BWMCA Staff

For more information, call (810) 989-5841 or contact one of the staff members listed below:

Pete Spencer
Director
(810) 989-5805

Matthew Ruiz
Administrative Services Manager
(810) 989-5800

Jennifer Barr
Student Advisor
(810) 989-5835

Traci Whymer
Student Advisor
(810) 989-5836

Michele Lawson
Administrative Assistant
(810) 989-5841

BWMCA Fax
(810) 989-5848


The academy is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency. Its partners are:

  • St. Clair County Community College
  • Algonac High School
  • Capac High School
  • Memphis High School
  • Port Huron High School
  • Port Huron Northern High School
  • Yale High School
  • Virtual Learning Academy