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Golden Triangle Early College High School​

  • Located at EMCC's Golden Triangle campus

Early College High Schools are small schools, usually located on a community college campus. The four-year program is designed to enable students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate's degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree.


Nationwide, there are more than 200 early colleges, but the Golden Triangle Early College High School (ECHS) was the first early college model of its kind in Mississippi. There are now four in Mississippi.


The Golden Triangle ECHS is a partnership among East Mississippi Community College, the Mississippi Department of Education, and Mississippi State University. It opened its doors on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus in August 2015.


The first class of 61 freshmen was admitted for the 2015-16 school year. They were joined by and a new group of 60 freshmen for the 2016-17 school year.


The aim of the early college model is to graduate students who earn a high school diploma as well as two years of transferable college credit or an associate’s degree, all at no cost to their families.


All 8th grade students currently living in Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties are eligible to apply. 


Applications will be available from all eighth-grade guidance counselors, during ECHS informational meetings in the community and on the EMCC website.



Scheduling note: Recruitment for the 2017-18 school year will begin in January 2017.











Golden Triangle Early College High School is a partnership among Mississippi State University, East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Department of Education. For more information, contact:


 Myra Pannell of MSU's Research
and Curriculum Unit

or (662) 325-3305


Jill Savely, ECHS Principal

or (662) 243-1771

Dr. Paul Miller, EMCC Vice President

or (662) 243-1902

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