There are many opportunities for Marshall County Central students to earn college credit for FREE and get a jump start on their post-secondary education.
Legislation allows eligible 10th graders to take one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course in their first semester. If successful with a C or above, they can enroll in an additional CTE course during their second semester. Juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements (GPA and test scores) can register for multiple courses providing they do not exceed full-time status between their college and high school schedules. Students cannot take more than 3 online college offerings within a given semester (this does not apply to full-time PSEO students).
Please note, all college courses that you take in high school become a permanent part of your college course history. When applying to college, you will be required to submit transcripts from every school you have taken CIS/PSEO classes through. At the college level, any grade below a 'C' does NOT EARN credit. Failure to maintain at least a 'C' average could result in: ineligibility in a CIS/PSEO program; academic probation or suspension at the college level; and in some cases, could impact your ability to receive Financial Aid in the future. Students who want to take CIS/PSEO classes to pick away at prerequisites for certain majors (e.g. nursing) must be ready to devote the time and effort it will take to get the best possible grades they can. Programs, such as nursing, are highly competitive and the grades earned in prerequisite classes play a major factor in the candidate selection process.
1) College in the School (CIS) Classes
MCC High School partners with Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC), Minnesota State Community and Technical College (MState), the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU).
Here are the college credits that are offered at the MCC High School:
- Anatomy and Physiology I (NCTC: BIOL 2252 worth 3 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology II (NCTC: BIOL 2254 worth 3 credits)
- General Biology (NCTC: Biological Principles I/BIOL1111 worth 4 credits)
- College Chemistry (MState: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry/CHEM 1100 worth 3 credits and Principles of General Chemistry/CHEM 1101 worth 4 credits)
- College Writing (MState: ENG 1101 worth 3 credits)
- Writing About Literature (MState: ENG 1205 worth 3 credits)
- College Algebra (U of M-Twin Cities: College Algebra Through Modeling/CI 1806 worth 3 credits)
- Pre-Calculus (SMSU: Math 135 worth 5 credits)
Eligibility Requirements to take CIS Courses
- (MState): All students must meet testing requirements*. In addition, seniors must have a 2.8 GPA or higher and juniors must have a 3.2 GPA or higher.
- (NCTC): Juniors and seniors must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet testing requirements*. In the 2020-2021 school year, students with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 can register for one CIS course in the fall (if a student earns a C or higher, he/she can register for two additional courses in the spring).
- (U of M-Twin Cities): GPA, math aptitude, and teacher recommendation
- (SMSU): GPA, math aptitude, and teacher recommendation
*Testing Requirements can be met through qualifying scores on the ACCUPLACER, ACT, or MCA assessments.
2) Online College in the School Classes
- Distance MN OCHS options: https://distanceminnesota.org/app/custom/ochs/course_registration
- MState eCampus options: https://www.minnesota.edu/echs
- Infinity Online options (college credit): https://mninfinity.org/course-offerings
3) Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
- Open to juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements
- A student can attend full-time at a Minnesota college or university (either on campus and/or online)
- A student can attend part-time at a Minnesota college or university (either on campus and/or online) while also attending high school classes (not to exceed a full-time schedule between the two)
- PSEO program eligibility requirements and application: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/
- Students must notify the MCC School District of their intent to enroll in the PSEO program by May 30th of each year.
- PSEO students must work closely with the school counselor to ensure they are registering for classes that are in alignment with high school graduation requirements
- Before enrolling in the PSEO program, a student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) must meet with the school counselor and principal to discuss requirements and a graduation plan
- Students must take a minimum of 14 credits per semester
PSEO is a great way to get a jump start on a college education for FREE. However, students are encouraged to make an informed decision about whether PSEO is right for them. Consider the following:
- Will you have reliable transportation to/from class and are you comfortable with winter driving?
- Do you have the maturity and motivation to ask your college instructors/college staff for assistance if needed? You will be considered a college student, NOT a high school student by your post-secondary school so you will need to advocate for yourself.
- How organized and responsible are you? Will you regularly get yourself to class? Can you keep track of when assignments/quizzes/tests are due without someone reminding you?
- Are you willing to put in the extra amount of time it will take to produce college-level work? If not, please note that you must maintain a 'C' average (or better) or you'll run the risk of being put on academic probation or suspension. This can impact your eligibility for continuing in the PSEO program and could effect your ability to receive Financial Aid in the future. Also, any failed college courses can hinder your ability to graduate high school on time.
- Are there some high school graduation requirements that will be harder for you to take at college (e.g. chemistry, economics, a math class...)?
- If you are in extra-curricular activities and/or have a job can you budget your time wisely and work around your college course schedule? College schedules are not like the 8:30a-3:06p high school day. In order to meet a graduation requirement, you might have to take a late afternoon or even an evening course.
College in School, Online College Courses, and PSEO. So many choices...
What Courses Should I Take?
- Online or in-person? For online learning, you need to be comfortable with technology and learning via video, reading, and written correspondence. Additionally, you need to be organized and self-motivated (a teacher won't be in front of the classroom reminding you of an upcoming test...and you can't be late with assignments because when a deadline passes, the drop box for homework closes).
- If you have figured out a major and which college/university you want to attend, you could take courses that pick away at prerequisites, general education*** and/or program-specific requirements. Please note, some institutions require program-specific courses to be taken through them and not from other colleges/universities.
- If you are undecided about a college major, you could take some courses that seem interesting as a way to get a feel for whether a particular career pathway is right for you.
- If you don't know what you want to major in but you do know you want to attend a four year college/university, you could take one or more of the commonly accepted general education courses***
- Choose courses that meet your high school graduation requirements (PSEO students, first and foremost, must be taking courses with HS graduation in mind).
***Information on General Education Courses and Goal Areas
(Please Note: general education, liberal (arts) education, essential studies, and goal areas are different names for a similar concept)
- Minnesota Colleges and Universities (Transfer Curriculum and Goal Areas): http://www.mntransfer.org/transfer/mntc/t_sample.php and http://www.mntransfer.org/transfer/mntc/t_lists.php
- General Education Requirements at NDSU: https://bulletin.ndsu.edu/academic-policies/undergraduate-policies/general-education/
- Liberal Education Requirements at the U of M-Crookston: https://www.crk.umn.edu/general/liberal-education-requirements-baccalaureate-degrees
- Essential Studies Requirements at UND: https://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/requirements.html#d19e98-1
Will My Credits Transfer?
Here's how you can find out:
- create a free Transferology account: https://www.transferology.com/signup.htm (this will allow you to find out if and how your credits will transfer to any college or university in the country)
- visit the MN Transfer website: http://www.mntransfer.org/students/students.php
- check the website for the college you will be attending (enter a general search for transfer credits). Here are some examples from area schools:
(NCTC): http://www.northlandcollege.edu/admissions/transfer-students/minnesota-transfer-curriculum/ (lists the courses that will transfer to any four year MN state college or university)
(U of M-Crookston): https://www.crk.umn.edu/admissions/prospective-transfer-students