St. Clair County Community College

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Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA)

High School Students

Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA)

Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA)

Earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree by attending school for just one extra year!

The Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA) is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) and reflects a unique partnership between the RESA, St. Clair County Community College and five county school districts: Algonac, Capac, Memphis, Port Huron and Yale.

As a BWMCA student, you’ll take high school courses at one of the partnering high schools and college courses at SC4. In doing so, you’ll become a BWMCA student but are still able to play sports and participate in normal extracurricular activities at your local high school through agreements between the middle college and the local districts.

College tuition is paid for by BWMCA. Applications are due in the spring of your sophomore year.

More than half of every cohort goes on to study at a four-year college or university.

Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA) Support Contact

  • Matt Ruiz, Director, BWMCA: (810) 989-5800;
    • BWMCA office is located on campus in Room 123, Acheson Applied Technology Center.
    • The BWMCA team works daily with BWMCA and CL5 students to help prepare them for college, assist students with questions related to enrollment, and general inquiries.

In January 2022, St. Clair County RESA’s Terry Harrington talked with Matt Ruiz about the Blue Water Middle College in a series of short interview segments. View some or all of them to get an idea of what the Middle College is and whether it might be right for you. The first segment is below.


Office of Admissions
(810) 989-5571

BWMCA feature story

Colton Cichoracki shares how he became a meteorologist and reporter at ABC12 News.

BWMCA feature story

Deschalyn Riase’s tenacity led her to excellent resources and opportunities that are propelling her to succeed in college.

BWMCA feature story

Meg Lewton’s choices in high school set her up for an exciting career in media.

‘Smartest decision I could have made’

“I am graduating from college in 3.5 years with a double major, while saving money from getting my associate’s degree before transferring. Whenever someone asks about my experience and if they should do it, I can honestly say [the Blue Water Middle College Academy] was one of the smartest decisions I could have made in my college career, and I would highly recommend the Middle College to anyone.”

Makenzie Klein