Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP)

Through the Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP), qualified high school juniors and seniors earn college credits while completing high school. ECEP students must declare a technical/occupational program of study. ECEP is a program designed to increase the number of skilled workers in the Alabama labor force.* This program is only available to qualified students who are enrolled in the Baldwin County public school system.

Juniors who qualify are eligible to earn a two-year A.A.S. degree while seniors who qualify are eligible to earn a one year certificate.

The ECEP accommodates students who wish to enroll in courses leading to and/or providing a:

All of Faulkner State’s Associate in Applied Science and Certificate programs, with the exception of Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Paramedic programs of study, are eligible for ECEP participation.


The following guidelines must be met in order to qualify for admission into ECEP.

Students who do not meet any of these requirements, but who meet the other criteria for program participation may qualify by passing applicable developmental courses.

Steps for Students to Enroll

Once your paperwork has been received and verified by the Director of High School Relations, you will be contacted to set up an interview.

Steps for High School Counselors

Faulkner State Community College
Attn:  Carmelita Mikkelsen
1900 Hwy 31 South
Bay Minette, AL 36507

All paperwork must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Admissions Office before the candidate can be considered for an interview.


Free Tuition and Fees

All students accepted into Faulkner State’s ECEP will receive a scholarship covering tuition and fees. While the scholarship covers tuition and fees, students will be responsible for purchasing their books and supplies and for providing their own transportation.

Applicable Programs

Faulkner State programs applicable to ECEP are all Associate in Applied Science and Certificate programs listed below. All A.A.S. programs require a minimum of four semesters of study and all Certificate programs require a minimum of two semesters of study based on the students’ taking a minimum of 16-18 credit hours of study each semester.  Some of these programs of study may require one or two summer semesters to complete.



Commercial Art/Graphic Design
Culinary Arts – Requires an additional Summer semester of study
Dental Assisting – Requires an additional Summer semester of study at the end of the program
Golf Course & Turf Management – Requires an additional Summer semester of study
Landscape Technology – Requires an additional Summer semester of study
Pastry Baking – Requires an additional Summer semester of study

Transferring Credits

Please refer to the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) web link found on the Faulkner State Community College web site to get information regarding the Alabama state law that guarantees transferability of all academic credits for two-year college students.

In order to have college credits transferred to another college, students must do both of the following:

Send high school transcript, including graduation date, to Faulkner State
Fill out and submit a Faulkner transcript release form

Contact Information

Faulkner State Community College

Carmelita Mikkelsen, Director of High School Relations

Michael Nikolakis, Dean of Student Services

Baldwin County Public Schools

Joyce Woodburn, Interim Secondary Supervisor Coordinator

Peggy Duck, Secondary Supervisor

Pam Henson, Director of Instructional Support

*The terms and conditions of ECEP are subject to change without notice according to changes in secondary and postsecondary standards.