Lawton High School
Lawton High School
101 Blue Pride Dr.
Lawton, MI 49065
Office: 269.624.7800
Fax: 269.624.6554
Attendance: 269.624.7802
School Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Hourly Schedule:
1st Hour: 8:00 - 9:06
2nd Hour: 9:10 - 10:16
3rd Hour: 10:20 - 11:26
Achievement: 11:30 - 12:00
4th Hour: 12:04 - 1:40
5th Hour: 1:44 - 2:50

Jonathan Waldron

Melissa Karsen
School Counselor

Chris Richter
Athletic Director


Middle College Program

The Van Buren Middle College (VBMC) is an accelerated college program designed to allow a student to complete a high school diploma and up to a full Associate’s Degree or college certification at the same time over the course of three years (grades 11, 12, and one additional year sometimes referred to as year 13 or the “5th year”).  Through this innovative program, students will be able to save both time and money as they get a head start on their postsecondary careers.

The VBMC is structured so that students gradually increase their exposure to college courses throughout the three year program.  Students apply to the program in grade 10 and take part in a competitive admissions process which includes an application, college assessment, and an interview.  Those selected for admission then attend Van Buren Tech in grade 11 for part of their day and participate in one of the county’s CTE programs, and then spend the other part of their day back at the high school; then during grades 12 & “13” students attend one of our local college partners for classes. 

The VBMC is designed to be a robust bridge between high school, college, and a student’s future career.  The program seeks to provide students with a rich college experience, along with an excellent opportunity for targeted and specific career and technical education; students participate in intense mentoring throughout the program to ensure their success.  Students who successfully complete the VBMC will have a jump-start on their college education and a clearer path to their future.  VBMC is a good fit for students that are motivated, looking for a unique and robust educational experience, and are ready for the challenge of life as a college student.


  • Reduces overall cost of college education to students
  • Prepares students for high-demand, high-wage careers
  • Accelerates the completion of a license/certification/ college degree
  • Provides opportunities for internships, education, job shadowing, and clinical experience
  • Provides challenging and relevant coursework to help students engage in the learning process
  • Continuous one-on-one mentoring for a seamless transition to college


  • 10th grade: complete the admissions process
  • Summer between 10th and 11th grade: complete College Success Bootcamp
  • 11th grade: students will begin their college coursework through their CTE program at Van Buren Tech
  • 12th grade: students will enroll in college classes on a local college campus (some students may elect to take 1 class at the HS as well)
  • “13th” year: students will take all of their classes on a local college campus.  Students must take a least one Math related course during this school year.  Students will also be required to complete a final portfolio project as part of their program graduation requirements.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Must be a current high school Sophomore from a Van Buren County school district
  • Must take the college AccuPlacer assessment
  • Must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5
  • If admitted, must complete College Success Bootcamp before enrolling in any courses.
  • Please keep in mind, this is a competitive admissions process. 


VBTCProgram Contacts

Larissa Hunt, M.A.
College Partnerships & Middle College Coordinator
office: 269-539-5324