Counseling Dept

21f Online Learning

The State of Michigan, under Section 21f of the State School Aid Act, has launched the choice for parents to request that their student(s), in grades 5-12, be enrolled in no more than two (2) online courses in place of a currently scheduled course.Tri County Area Schools supports online learning and as a district; we pride ourselves on  innovative uses of technology to support learning. Keeping in line with our districts motto of helping every child achieve their best future, our goal is for academic accomplishment and student growth. We do, however, encourage parents to consider carefully if a 100% online course is ideal for their child given the fact that they will be forfeiting face-to-face interaction with a teacher.

Parents should carefully consider the unique qualities of their child when deciding if an online class is right for him/her.  These factors include:

Can your student self-advocate to seek help within a virtual setting?

Can your student create and maintain a study schedule without the face-to-face instruction of a teacher?

Does your student possess independent study habits needed to complete an entire course online without direct supervision?

Does your student have the reading, writing, math and computer literacy skills to succeed in a class that is completely online?  

Prerequisite: Permission of Counselor

Course Description:An interactive teacher directed internet connected learning environment, in which pupils are separated from their teachers by time/location. Beginning the 2015-16 school year, all 21F courses will be granted a letter grade.

Michigan Virtual University website

Michigan's Online Course Catalog

Career Technical Centers

Newaygo County Regional Education Service Agency

NCRESA offers our students afternoon classes ranging from Arts & Communication, to Cosmetology to Mechatronics or Welding!  Bussing is provided, leaving TCHS at 11:25 am and arriving back on campus at 3:10 pm.  Students must make arrangements for a ride home from the high school as this program arrives back to TCHS too late for our students to utilize our district bus program.


Kent Career Tech Center

KCTC is located on East Beltline in Grand Rapids and offers a morning session in many different areas.  Students are provided transportation from the high school (6:00 am departure time) to KCTC and back again. 



My EDP - Career Cruising

Post Secondary Education Opportunities

Out of State Post Secondary Education Opportunity


MTA - Montcalm Community College

The Michigan Transfer Agreement was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another.  Students may complete the MTA as part of an associates' degree or as a stand alone package at a Michigan Community College.

Starting in the 10th grade, students will work towards successfully completing at least 30 credits of coursework in six defined areas with at least a grade of a 2.0 in each.

When coursework requirements for meeting the MTA have been completed, the student may request that their transcript be posted MTA satisfied and must send an official copy to the four year institution.

4-Year Institutions

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Lake Superior State University

Michigan State University

Michigan Technical University

Oakland University

Saginaw Valley State University

University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

University of Michigan—Dearborn

University of Michigan—Flint

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

4 Year Private Institutions

Cleary University

College for Creative Studies

Davenport University

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Siena Heights University

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Search Engines:

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External LinkCollege Board Scholarship Search     

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We recommend you only use free college scholarship search tools.


External LinkMicro-Scholarships for select colleges and universities

*Students! Be sure to Connect to Mrs. Renner if you open an account so we can help you if you need it!*


Counseling College Academic Award Listing


Local Scholarships


External LinkAmerican Farmers Grow Ag Scholarship - $1500 (352 available)

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, partners with farmers to award rural youth $1,500 scholarships to support their studies in ag-related fields after high school. Farmers play a fundamental role in Grow Ag Leaders by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing applications. This year, more than a half-million dollars in scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students in rural communities across the country. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available in a variety of fields including: farming, agronomy, education, science, technology, business, communications and more.

External LinkAmerican Legion Dept of MI Scholarships - $500 - $18,000

Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria outlined on the website. Included scholarships are:

  • Boys State Samsung Scholarship
  • Baseball Scholarships
  • William D & Jewell Brewer Scholarship
  • Oratorical Contest Scholarship
  • Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship
  • Student Trooper Scholarship
  • Guy M Wilson Scholarship

Big Rapids Elks Lodge Scholarships -  Scholarship $ varies

Application will be available through the counseling office during the student’s senior year.

External LinkCommunity First Federal Credit Union Scholarship - $2000-$4000 (19 available)

Must be current, active member of Community 1st Credit Union.

Must be a current high school senior. Must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

External LinkDonald Vandenbos Sr Scholarship - $1000 (two available)

Applicants must be a high school senior. Preference will be given to graduates from educational institutions in the greater Montcalm County area. Applicants must be in or entering a field of study of conservation, wildlife, fisheries, or natural resources.

Flat River Community Players’ Scholarship - $500

Open to high school or college students that plan on being involved in theatre during college. Available to students Jan-Mar of their senior year.

External LinkGrand Rapids Community College Scholarship - Scholarship $ varies

Open to high school senior during the winter of their senior year.

External LinkGrand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship $ varies (Accepting Applications in January

Several scholarships are included in the GRCF application. Many are for students living in Kent County; however some also include students living in other counties such as Montcalm and Newaygo. It includes a scholarship application for employees and dependents of Meijer as well. Available to students beginning in Jan of their senior year.

External LinkGRBS Scholarship - $1000 - Deadline March 1, 2018

Available through the counseling office Jan-Mar of your senior year.

External LinkHarry E. Tope Memorial Aviation Scholarship Fund  - $3000

Student must be interested in advancing their education in the field of aviation, or be interested in advancing their career skills in the field of aviation. The student must also be a resident of the Mid-Michigan Area (Isabella County, Gratiot County, Mecosta County, Clare County, Midland County or Montcalm County).

External LinkHerbert H Lueth Scholarship - $1000 (five available)

Open to HS seniors that are employees or dependents of an employee of Medler Electric Co.

Independent Bank of West MI Scholarship - $1000

Open to high school seniors at TCHS and must include a 250 word essay. Application will be available to students Mar-Apr of their senior year.

Jim Just Howard City VFW Scholarship - $1000

Open to TCHS seniors and includes a 500 word essay.  Application will be available to students Mar-Apr of their senior year.

External LinkLake Michigan Credit Union/Hutt Scholarship - $2000 (10 available) - Deadline is January 31, 2018

All senior high school students are eligible for the program (except for LMCU employees, children of LMCU employees, directors or officers).  All applicants must be a resident of Michigan or Florida, or a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union, or the child of a Lake Michigan Credit Union member (i.e. a student in Texas must be a member/child of a member to be eligible). Students must plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the next academic year. Recipients must submit evidence of acceptance and enrollment in an accredited trade school, college or university before payment will be made.

Mercantile Bank Scholarship - $500 (two available)

High school seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and outstanding community service that plan to attend a university or college in the fall are able to apply. Available to students Jan-Mar of their senior year.

PDF DocumentMichigan Resident and Other Scholarships Summary Chart


External LinkState of Michigan Scholarships and Grants

This link includes fact sheets and forms for programs such as Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), Children of Veterans Tuition Grant, Fostering Futures Scholarship, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, as well as many others.

TCHS Course Catalog

Advantages of Dual Enrollment


Career Technical Education - Making a Difference