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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 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 [...]

Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is Hiring Youth!

Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is Hiring Youth!

By MICHELLE SHAW Ingredients for making walnut meat taco bowls from December's cooking class Photo provided by Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Together with Growing North Minneapolis, Julius Rennie, Kelly Shay, and Caring is Culture, Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is hiring youth from the Phillips and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods to work through March 31, 2022. Applications will be open until the positions are filled. If you're 14-18, enjoy engaging with your community and making a difference, and have a passion for growing food, we'd love to have you apply. You can find an application on our Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Facebook page, or send an email to  In other news: join us on January 22, 2022, for another free cooking class on Zoom! You buy the groceries and cook from your own kitchen; we provide instruction with Kelly Shay of Harmonious World. In December we made Walnut Meat Taco Bowls, which were absolutely delicious, and while we're deciding what to make in January based on feedback from our attendees, we'd love to have you sign up. You can find the registration link for the event on our Facebook page. If you don't do Facebook, reach out using the email above. We can't wait to cook with you!

Library news

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of December 15, 2021. For the most recent information, check out the library website at FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday    9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday    12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday    12 Noon to 8 PM Thursday    12 Noon to 8 PM Friday        9 AM to 5 PM Saturday    9 AM to 5 PM Sunday        12 Noon to 5 PM LIBRARY SERVICE AND COVID PRECAUTIONS Everyone must wear a mask in the library and in all county buildings. Children under five years old are exempt. People who have tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library.  FAIR AT FRANKLIN - GET HELP MANAGING YOUR MONEY Have trouble opening and keeping a banking account? FAIR is a program that can help you with banking services. Their goal is to help people cash their paychecks, build credit and increase their financial literacy. FAIR offers accounts with predictable fees and no overdraft penalties. In partnership with Build Wealth Minnesota, FAIR is hosting a series of pop-ups in January. All accounts opened at these events will receive a $25 opening deposit or a gift card. FAIR ambassadors will be in the Franklin Library community room on January 28 from 1 pm until 4 pm to answer questions and sign up new people who may be interested in the program. Can’t make it to the library? FAIR is also hosting a virtual event on January 22, 2022 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Register in advance for either of these events at For more information, call Build Wealth Minnesota at 651-262-2173.  PHOTO DISPLAY Franklin Library is featuring a new exhibit of archival photographs in the upstairs display case. Salvage for Victory documents supply shortages during World War II. There are some great [...]

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