WAVE, an outreach program provided by Mid Michigan College, is focused on helping high school students navigate their next steps. Through career and academic exploration, self-assessment, goal setting, and step-by-step support to begin their journey after high school, WAVE helps students succeed.


According to MISchoolData, only 53% of Michigan high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education within six months of graduating. This figure is significantly lower in many districts served by Mid Michigan College.

To help students navigate their next steps after high school, Mid is offering an outreach program, WAVE, that allows students to explore their options, skills, and future goals. By providing class-specific seminars at all four high school class levels exploring workforce, armed services, vocational, and educational options, students will develop a stronger understanding of what they want to pursue and how to achieve their goals.  

While Evart High School is the location of the initial pilot, the program will soon expand into neighboring service areas including Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Gratiot, Clinton, Mecosta, and Osceola counties.

Embrace the Wave

Key Objectives for the WAVE Program

  • Improve Student Confidence
  • Raise Standardized Test Scores
  • Enhance College Application Skills
  • Increase Financial Literacy
  • Boost College Access and Equity
  • Enhance Study and Time Management Skills
  • Increase College Acceptance Rates
  • Provide Career Guidance
  • Develop Soft Skills
  • Promote Persistence and Goal Achievement

Program Specific Objectives for High School Students

  • Complete Needs Assessment. Perform a comprehensive assessment of student needs to tailor support and resources that will enhance their educational and career planning.
  • Understand the Benefits of Career Exploration. Educate students on the benefits of career exploration, emphasizing the importance of understanding various career paths and the steps required to pursue them.
  • Establish Relationships. Foster strong relationships with peers, teachers, and mentors to create a supportive network that encourages academic and personal growth.
  • Set Goals and Track Accomplishments. Teach students the importance of setting realistic goals and tracking their accomplishments, helping them develop a sense of direction and motivation throughout their high school journey.


  • Explore CTE and Dual Enrollment. Introduce students to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and dual enrollment opportunities, helping them understand the benefits and pathways these options provide.
  • Understand the Need for a Professional Portfolio. Educate students on the importance of creating and maintaining a professional portfolio, emphasizing their roles in academic and career success.
  • Engage in Detailed Career Exploration. Facilitate detailed exploration of various career fields, encouraging students to research and understand the skills, education, and experiences required for their areas of interest.
  • Conduct Self-Assessments. Guide students through self-assessments to identify their strengths, interests, values, and skills, aiding them in making informed decisions about their future educational and career paths.

  • Understand College Admissions. Equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the college admissions process, including requirements, timelines, and application strategies.
  • Develop a Professional Portfolio. Guide students in creating a robust portfolio that showcases their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal projects.
  • Evaluate College ROI. Teach students to analyze the return on investment (ROI) of different colleges and programs, considering factors such as tuition costs, potential earnings, and career opportunities.
  • Map College Majors to Careers. Help students map various college majors to potential career paths, enabling them to make informed decisions about their academic and professional futures.

  • Clarify Personal Goals and Aspirations. Reflect on their interests, strengths, and values to articulate clear personal and academic goals for the future.
  • Develop Decision-Making Skills. Acquire strategies to evaluate options, make informed decisions, and manage uncertainties associated with post-high school choices.
  • Prioritize Self-Discovery. Foster self-awareness and empower students to define their own success.
  • Explore Career Pathways and Opportunities. Investigate various post-secondary education options (college, vocational training, armed forces) and career pathways aligned with their interests and goals.
  • Create an Online Professional Portfolio. Generate an online portfolio to include a resume, cover letter, list of educational achievements, projects, work samples, personal statement, skills and strengths, and professional social media profiles.

Questions? Contact us today.

Mid team members are ready to help you get your questions answered.


Beth Binder

Director of Admissions

Phone (989) 773-6622 x159

Text (989) 444-5967


Lindsay Golden

Dual Enrollment
Mid Mentor

Phone (989) 317-9217

Text (989) 264-1998