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East Phillips/Ventura Village Students can earn Free College Credit and Personalize their Education

East Phillips/Ventura Village Students can earn Free College Credit and Personalize their Education

 PSEO students Asiya Browne and Zeke Jackson testifying at the Minnesota legislature about the value of PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options)Photo credit: Joe Nathan By JOE NATHAN East Village/Ventura Village students and families have terrific opportunities to earn free college credit and/or personalize their education in upcoming months, thanks to free public school programs. Encouraged by families, Minnesota legislators and educators have created great opportunities for young people to identify and develop their unique gifts, talents and interests as they acquire vital basic and applied life skills. Free College Courses One of the most valuable opportunities for high school students is the option to earn free college credit through certain courses taught in high school, on-line, or on college campuses.   Free Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) courses are available in academic and “hands on” vocational subjects. Many are not aware that beginning in 10th grade, students can take free vocational courses at two-year public colleges such as St Paul College and the Finishing Trade Institute. Once in 11 and 12th grade, access expands to free academic or vocational courses at many local colleges and universities. Admission requirements vary. PSEO courses are offered in person on college campuses or online, and State law requires that students be allowed to use high school computers for PSEO courses. The deadline to register for fall PSEO classes is May 30. To learn more visit https://education.mn.gov/mde/fam/dual/pseo/ Languages 10th and 12th grade students proficient in any of 27 world languages can earn free credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities simply by passing a test (no course required). Languages include ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, French, German, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish, among others. For information, visit [...]

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