Springfield Public Schools students who may not be able to find their way in a traditional classroom setting have another option to discover their passions and find a path to a career: Middle College.
Middle College is a partnership between Springfield Public Schools and Ozarks Technical Community College that allows students to work toward a variety of different goals. The program is housed on the OTC Springfield campus and has more than 150 students.
More than 95 percent of the students are transfers from a traditional SPS high school.
“We provide a complete integration experience for Middle College students,” Dr. Tiffany Brunner, director of Middle College, said in a statement. “Our students experience college life and have that independence, but they also form real connections with our teachers who support them in so many ways. It’s a small learning community with a culture of care.”
Middle College is part of SPS’s Choice programs that include the Mercy Health Sciences Academy, Academy of Exploration, and WOLF.
Students at Middle College who are interested in career and technical education can earn trade certificates while they are still in high school, giving them an advantage when looking for employment after graduation.
Last year four seniors in the Middle College were able to graduate both from Springfield Public Schools but also graduate with an associate degree from OTC, saving them two years of college time and cost as they planned to seek a graduate level degree.
For more information on Middle College or other SPS Choice educational opportunities, visit the SPS website.